Lots of flowers are worth waiting a while for, but to me, none is more so than my hardy hibiscus. These flowers are the size of dinner plates.
They are one of the last things to sprout up in the spring. In fact, when I bought the plants, they came with a warning to not think they were dead and pull them up! They’ve been planted here about 5 years and were small at first and the second year the plants grew much larger and have remained that same size. From a few stems in the spring come plants that are 5′ across and 5′ tall. And once they get started growing, that all happens pretty quickly.
They are easy to care for. Once it’s cold and the plants have frozen, just cut the stems back to maybe 6″ tall. Once they’re established a couple years, the roots are pretty deep but you should still water them during very hot and dry spells. Other than that, all you have to do is wait in the spring, for this beautiful show of flowers to present itself.
These are hardy in my climate, which is very cold in the winter. If you go looking for some, make sure not to confuse them with regular hibiscus, which are pretty too, but the plants and flowers are much smaller, and they are not hardy outside in the cold. At the greenhouse or garden store, they will be able to help you make sure you get the right ones.
These are in front of my house, and many times when I’ve been out there, people have walked past or even stopped cars to say: What IS that? And where can I get some?