|'Red heart' hibiscus may look tropical but its delicious blooms are hardy|
to zone 5.
Photo credit; Green Express
I’m cold. My hands are cold, my toes are cold and my nose is cold. Having been toasting nicely in Indianapolis for a few days where the temperatures stayed in the mid 80s, the current Seattle high of 70’ has me huddled indoors in warm clothes. I realize its all relative, but I have to acknowledge that our summer days are numbered. The garden is in its final hurrah with coneflowers (Echinacea), black eyed Susan’s (Rudbeckia) and ornamental grasses dominating the plant palette and the container gardens are pushing out their last reserves with a blast of color from begonia ‘Bonfire’, trailing geraniums (Black magic has been a favorite this year) and jewel toned million bells (Calibrachoa). However, a good friend recently reminded me of another late season star which is under utilized – the hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus).
|'Bluebird' - everyone's favorite.|
Photo credit; Richard Bloom
|'Blushing bride' shows off her ruffles|
Photo credit; Monrovia
So if your late season borders need some new life consider adding height and color with this old fashioned, trouble free shrub. Hibiscus can form a backdrop to mid-sized perennials, completing a power packed vignette to end the season.