3 Hardy Hibiscus Species You can Grow in Your Garden
Hibiscus are flowering plants in the family Malvaceae which comprises of several hundred species which are native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions of the world.
Hibiscus can be categorised into two groups; Tropical Hibiscus and Hardy Hibiscus or Winter-hardy Hibiscus. Tropical Hibiscus are native to the tropical regions of Asia and Pacific Islands.
Hardy Hibiscus are native to the temperate regions and can tolerate cold winter temperatures of upto -340C where they die back in winter and come back in spring when the temperatures begin to warm up.
The hardy Hibiscus bear large flowers, upto to 8 in. wide, mainly in summer to fall. They have a shorter blooming period than the Tropical Hibiscus.
They grow best in full sun with at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily during the growing season but require to be protected from hot afternoon sun. Though they can grow in partial shade, too much shade can result in etiolated (leggy) plants and lack of blooms.
Below is are the three most common and popular Hardy Hibiscus Species (with care guides)