Hibiscus – Popular Shrubs for the Garden
and its numerous varieties, sometimes known as Tree Hollyhocks, are invaluable shrubs for they flower late, when a good many shrubs are already over. They begin to flower in July and it is sometimes October before the last appear. The flowers are trumpet-shaped, much like those of the popular hollyhocks to which they are related, and there is now a fair colour range.
These plants grow slowly to about 6-8 feet, making upright, rather than spreading bushes. They will grow in any reasonable gardenbut must have a sunny position. Dead wood should be removed when the plants are well in leaf which may not be until May.
Hibiscus syriacus coeruleus plenus has double purplish-blue flowers, roseus plenus has double lilac-red flowers and violaceus plenus double reddish-purple. ‘Hamabo’, a popular kind, has pale pink blooms with a crimson blotch at the petal bases and often with pink-tipped petals. ‘Duc de Brabant’ is a double red and monstrosus plenus a double white, purplish at the centre.
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