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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.
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