Hibiscus Summer


Hibiscus of many sizes, shapes and colors fill our garden this week to the delight of butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators.  Actually, to our delight, as well, as we enjoy their bold colors and beautiful forms.



Hibiscus flowers call across the garden, inviting closer inspection of their sculptural beauty.



Our herbaceous Hibiscus are natives or native cultivars.  Native Hibiscus delighted us during our first summer in this garden, and they still thrill as they bloom each year.


Hibiscus moscheutos


As natives, they ask little beyond sunlight, moisture and a place to grow.  Long after their flowers fade, they continue giving sustenance to birds and structure to the garden as their woody stems and seed pods ripen and split.  Cut them in early December, sow the seeds and spray them gold for a bit of glitter in holiday decorations.  Or leave them to catch winter’s ice and snow, feeding those birds who remain in the garden into the new year.


Hibiscus coccineus


I wrote about our native red Hibiscus coccineus last August, when it normally blooms.  It has already been blooming this year for almost a week; yet another indication of phenological shifts in response to our warming climate.

We love seeing these scarlet flowers nodding above the garden, perched atop their distinctive and beautiful foliage.  I try to collect and spread their seeds as the season wanes, to encourage more plants to emerge each year.



The tree Hibiscus, Hybiscus syriaca, are widely naturalized, though they originally came from Asia.  Drought and pollution tolerant, they are easy to grow and easily hybridize in an ever expanding selection of cultivars.  Beloved by bees and butterflies, they bloom over many weeks from early summer until autumn.  These fast growing trees reseed themselves in our garden and I often have seedlings to share.


Hibsicus syriaca


Hibiscus mark the height of summer in our garden.  They bloom over a long period, and we feel a subtle shift into another, late-summer season when they finally begin to fade.


Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’


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5 responses to “Hibiscus Summer

  1. Your tree hibiscus is a nice alternative to the tropical hibiscus for us. The tropical hibiscus does somewhat well here, but became rather cliche. Besides, gardeners are more likely to shear them into congested globs that do not bloom, but get infested with all sorts of nasty homopteran insects. Hibiscus coccineus (or coccinea) has yet to be discovered here.

  2. Gorgeous colors! I love your photos. Hope this finds you well. ❤

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