Hardy Hibiscus: Tropical Splendor in a Zone 5 Garden

Gorgeous Hibiscus, a dramatic perennial with large flowers, were first discovered in the swamps and marshes of the southern part of United States. They grew wild and were known as “rose mallow.” They have evolved, with help from gardeners worldwide, into hardy hibiscus which can be grown in many countries. Known as “flowers of celebration” in many countries, they may be best known as the tropical Hibiscus familiar in photos of Hawaiian hula girls. Now, Hibiscus can be successfully grown in zone-five gardens. The rose mallow genetics have produced some of the most beautiful flowering perennials known to gardens because of their eye-catching, saucer shaped flowers. You may almost feel...

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