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Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus flowers might be the most dramatic in the garden and can bloom as large as a child's head in gorgeous colors. The hibiscus plant itself is large and dramatic, and it needs plenty of space to show off. Although the huge funnel-shape flowers of the hibiscus plant seldom last more than a day, they are abundant and the hibiscusplant blooms over several weeks. The large leaves of hibiscus tend to draw Japanese beetles. A hibiscus plant needs plenty of water, so grow it in rich, loose, well-drained soil where you can water it easily and regularly during dry spells.

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From 3 to 20 feet

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'Blue River II' hibiscus
'Blue River II' hibiscus
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Blue River II' shows off 10-inch-wide, pure-white hibiscus blooms on 6-foot stems in midsummer to fall. Zones 5-10
'Fireball' hibiscus
'Fireball' hibiscus
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Fireball' is one of the most stunning perennial hibiscus plants. It bears bold red flowers to 12 inches across on 5-foot-tall stems. It grows 3 feet wide. Zones 5-9
_Hibiscus makinoi_
_Hibiscus makinoi_
Hibiscus makinoi shows off large pink flowers to 5 inches wide. This hibiscus plant bears fuzzy green foliage and can grow 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Zones 7-10
'Lord Baltimore' hibiscus
'Lord Baltimore' hibiscus
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Lord Baltimore' bears 10-inch-wide, bright cherry-red flowers on 4-foot stems in midsummer to fall. Zones 5-10
'Luna Pink Swirl' hibiscus
'Luna Pink Swirl' hibiscus
Hibiscus 'Luna Pink Swirl' is a compact selection bearing 8-inch-wide flowers in pink and white. This hibiscus plant grows 3 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-10
'Luna Red' hibiscus
'Luna Red' hibiscus
Hibiscus 'Luna Red' is a compact selection at 2-3 feet tall. Its 8-inch, deep burgundy flowers bloom from midsummer to fall. Zones 5-10
White rose mallow
White rose mallow
Hibiscus coccineus albus is a Texas native that offers pure white flowers from summer to fall. This hibiscus plant loves moist soil and grows 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Zones 6-11
'Strawberry Swirl' hibiscus
'Strawberry Swirl' hibiscus
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Strawberry Swirl' offers creamy-pink and white flowers with red centers and maple-shape foliage. This hibiscus plant grows 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-10
Scarlet rose mallow
Scarlet rose mallow
Hibiscus coccineus is a dramatic plant that grows to 7 feet tall and bears 5-inch, brilliant red flowers in summer. Zones 7-9

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Joe Pye weed
Joe Pye weed is a showstopper of a prairie native, producing huge, puffy flower heads in late summer. It prefers moist soils, but with its extensive root system, it also tolerates drought well. It is a large plant, growing 4 to 6 feet tall.Closely related, hardy ageratum is a spreading plant that grows to only 2 feet tall. Another relative, white snakeroot, reaches 4 to 5 feet tall. All are great for naturalistic or cottage plantings and for attracting butterflies.
Miscanthus
Miscanthus is one of the most prized of ornamental grasses, and one particular cultivar, 'Morning Light', sums up much of its appeal: This grass is stunning when backlit by the sun, either rising or setting.Statuesque miscanthus makes dense clumps of arching grassy foliage in an assortment of widths, decoration, and fineness, according to variety. Erect, dramatic plumes of flower spikelets rise among the leaves or well above them and last beautifully through the winter. Site miscanthus with good drainage and plenty of space in sun or light shade.
Turtlehead
This native perennial gets its name from the shape of its unusual flowers, which resemble the heads of snapping turtles. It's a good choice for heavy, wet soils and spreads to form dense colonies of upright stems bearing pink, rose, or white flowers from late summer into fall. It grows best in some shade, but tolerates full sun with adequate moisture.

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