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Hibiscus

Hibiscus

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

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8 to 20 feet

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To 6 feet wide

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5-9

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'Blue Chiffon' Rose of Sharon
'Blue Chiffon' Rose of Sharon
Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Chiffon' offers semidouble blooms in a soft lavender-blue. It grows 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 4-9
'Lavender Chiffon' Rose of Sharon
'Lavender Chiffon' Rose of Sharon
Hibiscus syriacus 'Lavender Chiffon' offers semidouble blooms in a delightful shade of lavender. The shrub grows 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 4-9
'Red Heart' Rose of Sharon
'Red Heart' Rose of Sharon
Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart' bears huge white flowers with eye-catching red centers on a shrub that grows 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 5-9
'Sugar Tip' hibiscus
'Sugar Tip' hibiscus
Hibiscus syriacus 'Sugar Tip' is a stunning selection with double pink flowers and white-edge foliage. It grows 12 feet tall and 7 feet wide. Zones 5-8
'White Chiffon' Rose of Sharon
'White Chiffon' Rose of Sharon
Hibiscus syriacus 'White Chiffon' delights with semidouble white flowers. The shrub grows 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 4-9
'Amazon Queen' hibiscus
'Amazon Queen' hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Amazon Queen' shows off extra-large beige flowers with ruffled edges. It can grow 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Zones 10-11
'Amber Suzanne' hibiscus
'Amber Suzanne' hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Amber Suzanne' is a subtropical variety that flaunts huge semidouble blooms that are deep pink toward the center and fade to pale pink at the petal edges. It can reach 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Zones 10-11
'Bonnie B' hibiscus
'Bonnie B' hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Bonnie B' offers large red and lavender blooms that fade to orange and yellow at the edges. It can reach 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Zones 10-11
'Gator Pride' hibiscus
'Gator Pride' hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Gator Pride' is a stunning selection with 6-inch-wide, lavender-blue flowers that blend to apricot-pink at the edges. It grows 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 10-11
'Goin Steady' hibiscus
'Goin Steady' hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Goin Steady' offers huge white semidouble flowers with bright pink centers. It can grow 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Zones 10-11
'White Wings' hibiscus
'White Wings' hibiscus
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'White Wings' is an old but classic variety with white flowers that have bold red centers. It grows 15 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Zones 10-11

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