coleus makes a great partner with this hibiscus as it echoes the
colors int he throat while serving as a terrific contrast with
the golden yellow.
The first time I
traveled to the Caribbean I was stunned at all of the beauty. It wasn’t
just the crystal clear water but that it seemed hibiscuses were
blooming everywhere. Now when I go to a garden center and see one for
sale, or perhaps see some innovative gardener using them in the
landscape or containers, I have visual memories of the islands. It’s
funny how plants can mentally take us to where either our budget or
time won’t allow.
Ga., we about 265 days of frost-free weather each year, meaning our
backyards can resemble the exotic look of the Caribbean. Yours can,
too; you may have fewer growing days, but I assure you that the
hibiscus is a born bloomer, giving you one of the best buys for your
hibiscus is known botanically as Hibiscus rosa-sinensis and originated
in China. It is kin to our well-known swamp hibiscus or mallow. Today
there are hundreds of varieties available in most colors you could
want other than blue. There are even those that change colors
throughout the day, two of my favorites being Rum Runner and Voodoo
are spectacular, displaying bright oranges, yellows, red, pinks,
whites and blends of these colors. Some even have double blossoms. The
dark green foliage is handsome and contrasts nicely with the beautiful
flowers. The flowers generally stay open only for a day but are
produced for months during our long growing season.
Many of us are
so awestruck by their beauty we treat them like a trophy. It is hard
to find fault with this because they are so mesmerizing with color and
texture. Once you start giving them partners, however, their beauty
will become even more stunning. Whether you put them in a mixed
container or the landscape, hand selecting combinations for your
hibiscus will bring even more joy when it comes to this treasured
In the landscape
nothing can create the island look more quickly that partnering with
coarse texture foliage like bananas and elephant ears. By all means do
that, but go even smaller or micro in your target of partnerships.
Consider using coleus of all colors. It seems all colors of hibiscus
are made more beautiful with the side-by-side partnership of lime
green or chartreuse. If this sounds fun, then look no further than the
Wasabi coleus, the best lime selection in the market.
are riveting because of their multi-colored flowers. With these
selections we can choose coleus to echo a particular color in the
bloom while simultaneously serving as a showy contrast, or complement,
with others. Once you start trying these partnerships you’ll find
yourself adopting the same color scheme applications for your hibiscus
that you use in other parts of the landscape.
in the landscape whether combined with bananas, cannas or some other
tropical plant. The requirements are much like any other annual we
grow. Plant your hibiscus in well-drained, well-prepared beds because
they absolutely cannot take wet feet, but use a good layer of mulch to
keep the soil evenly moist through the season and of, course, to make
weed control easier.
Choose a site
with plenty of sunlight. Morning sun and filtered afternoon light are
just about perfect in our state. Hibiscus blooms on new growth so it
is important to keep it growing vigorously throughout the season. Keep
them well fed and watered during droughty periods.
The hibiscus is
the queen of tropical flowers, and though most of treat them as
annuals your love of them will grow by giving them some hand selected
companions. Many of us have more than 100 days to bask in their
beauty, so let’s get started!