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Cape Mallow


Resembling a delicate hibiscus, this South African native can hit 5 feet but has small, charming flowers with pretty colorations in pinks and whites, often with a yellow throat. And it's tougher than it looks. Though the flowers appear fragile, the plant is quite drought-tolerant. Like its relative, the hibiscus, you will often find it for sale in tree form, making a striking focal point for the garden or a standout for large containers. While it's grown as an annual in most areas, it is a perennial shrub in Zones 9-11.





From 1 to 8 feet


1-3 feet wide

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more varieties for Cape Mallow

'Elegant Lady' cape mallow
'Elegant Lady' cape mallow
Anisodontea 'Elegant Lady' bears magenta-pink flowers all summer and fall and can grow to 5 feet tall.
Slightly Strawberry cape mallow
Slightly Strawberry cape mallow
Anisodontea 'Nuanilainp' is a drought-tolerant selection with pink flowers all summer. It grows best in cool-summer climates and reaches 3 feet tall and 18 inches wide. It can be grown as a perennial in Zones 9-11.

plant Cape Mallow with

Dusty miller
Dusty miller is a favorite because it looks good with everything. The silvery-white color is a great foil for any type of garden blossom and the fine-textured foliage creates a beautiful contrast against other plants' green foliage. Dusty miller has also earned its place in the garden because it's delightfully easy to grow, withstanding heat and drought like a champion.
Huge, showy blooms are the hallmark of the hibiscus family, whether the flying saucers on hardy perennial hibiscus, the Hawaiian charmers of the tropical hibiscus, or the frilly-flowered Rose of Sharon that grows into a large shrub or small tree. Not only do hibiscus blooms boast an amazing array of colors, vastly widened through hybridizing, they also draw hummingbirds en masse. The newer, dark-leaf introductions are wonderful architectural fillers in container gardens. Cold-winter gardeners can grow the more tender types of hibiscus in containers and wheel them into the house when winter approaches. Prune back heavily to encourage blooms, and watch for aphids and whitefly, which are attracted to all forms of hibiscus. Learn about the perennial varieties of hibiscus. 
Nasturtiums are so versatile. They grow easily from seed sown directly in your garden's poorest soil and blooms all season until frost and are never greedy about food or fertilizer. Nasturtiums are available in either spreading or climbing types.Plant spreading types in large containers to spill over the sides. Plant them alongside wide paths to soften the sides for a romantic look. Use nasturtium to brighten a rock garden or between paving stones. Plant them at the edges of beds and borders to fill in between other plants and add soft, flowing color. Train climbing types up trellises or alongside fences. The leaves and flowers are edible; use them as a showy plate garnish or to jazz up salads.

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