Hibiscus, Hardy Plant Features
You don't need to move to Hawaii to enjoy the big, bold flowers of hibiscus in your garden. That's because hardy hibiscus is so tough the plant will come back year after year as far north as zone 5. And, like its showy tropical cousin, hardy hibiscus produces dinner-plate sized blooms all summer long. Hardy hibiscus is easy to grow in any sunny spot where it has space to spread out. This plant grow 3 to 6 feet tall and wide so give it plenty of room. Hardy hibiscus colors include white, red, pink, and bi-color. It's a popular plant with hummingbirds and butterflies. Hardy from zones 5-9.
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Hibiscus, Hardy Growing Instructions
Plant hardy hibiscus in a location that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. It likes slightly moist, well-drained soil, so keep the plants mulched to maintain consistent soil moisture. Once established, hardy hibiscus is relatively drought resistant, but the plants bloom more profusely when it's hot and wet. In the northern parts of its range, hardy hibiscus can be slow to break dormancy in the spring so be patient. Some plants may not put out new growth until June, but because it is a super fast grower, hardy hibiscus will be in full bloom by August.
Hardy hibiscus is not intended for animal or human consumption.
Pink, Red, Variegated, White
Moist, well-drained soil
Complement your Hibiscus, Hardy with these varieties:
The tall flower spikes of Garden Phlox look terrific planted near Hardy Hibiscus.
Bee Balm and Hardy Hibiscus both have American roots and share the same cultural needs.
If you live in a hot, humid climate, try planting Canna Lily and Hardy Hibiscus together for a stunning tropical display.
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Hibiscus moscheutos 'Brandy Punch'
If you want loads of color in your yard, you can’t go wrong with ‘Brandy Punch’ hardy hibiscus. This profuse bloomer produces masses of huge, bright pink flowers with red throats and dark pink veins. Plus, the plants have bronze leaves with green and purple highlights. ‘Brandy Punch’ grows 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Cherry Brandy'
Throughout the summer, ‘Cherry Brandy’ hardy hibiscus produces an endless supply of red flowers that measure 8 to 10 inches wide. Like its cousin ‘Brandy Punch’, this stunning variety also sports bronze foliage with green and purple markings. It’s relatively compact for a hardy hibiscus, growing 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Disco Belle Pink'
Disco Belle Pink is a dwarf variety of hardy hibiscus. It shows off large, 8-inch-wide flowers on tidy 30-inch tall plants that grow 24 inches wide. Zones 4-9
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Blush'
Luna Blush offers 8-inch-wide white or pale pink flowers from midsummer to early fall on a dwarf plant that grows only 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Zones 5-9
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Pink Swirl'
Luna Pink Swirl is a dwarf hardy hibiscus that shows off 8-inch-wide pink-and-white flowers from midsummer to early autumn. It grows 3 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-10
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Red'
Luna Red is fantastically easy to grow. This dwarf variety is perfect for gardens, landscapes, and containers. It produces deep red flowers to 8 inches across from midsummer to early autumn. It grows 3 feet tall and only 2 feet wide. Zones 5-9
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Rose'
Like the other varieties in the Luna series, Luna Rose is compact, growing only 36 inches tall and wide. Despite its small size, this wildflower shows off 8-inch-wide rose-pink flowers. Zones 5-9
Hibiscus 'Mars Madness'
A newer variety of hardy perennial hibiscus, Mars Madness shows off rich red-pink flowers from midsummer through the fall. Those beautiful blooms are accented by attractive coppery-green new leaves. It grows about 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 4-9
Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'
Deep scarlet flowers blooming atop red-purple foliage makes ‘Midnight Marvel’ hardy hibiscus a must-have addition to your landscape. This gorgeous variety has an extended bloom season and flowers through early fall. Flowers measure 8 to 9 inches across and the plants grow 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-9
Hibiscus 'Mocha Moon'
A member of the new generation of perennial hibiscus, 'Mocha Moon' shows off 8-inch-wide creamy pink flowers that have a dark red-pink center. It has dark green foliage flushed with purple and grows 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 4-9
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Peppermint Schnapps'
For big impact, you can’t go wrong with ‘Peppermint Schnapps’ hardy hibiscus. This big perennial flower grows 6 feet tall and wide will produce bumper crops of 8- to 10-inch-wide flowers throughout the summer. The pretty pink blooms have red centers that are delicately etched with darker pink. ‘Peppermint Schnapps’ has bright green leaves. Zones 5-9