The recent heat wave has tested the worthiness of many landscape plants. In my own landscape, I’ve found that hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) and rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) not only stand up to the heat, they thrive in it. And although hibiscuses love lots of moisture (one type has the common name of swamp hibiscus), they are surprisingly drought tolerant. Here are some of the hibiscuses that are blooming in my yard now.
'Brandy Punch' hibiscus has huge pink blooms with deep red centers.
I love the pink and red striping of 'Peppermint Schnapps' hardy hibiscus flowers. They can grow up to 10 inches in diameter.
'Cherry Brandy' hardy hibiscus blooms retain their deep red color for the entire life of the bloom.
'Fiji' rose of Sharon is a compact shrub loaded with 3- to 4-inch-wide white blooms touched in the center with red.
'Tahiti' rose of Sharon brings a taste of the tropics to the landscape with its lavender pink blossoms on a compact plant.