Bring a taste of paradise to your garden this year with this collection of exotic-flowered Hibiscus.
Exploding into an abundant display of huge, blousy flowers, they'll fill your borders or pots with vibrant shades colour all summer long.
You don't need to be an expert to grow Hibiscus in the UK, and this special selection of three plants is perfectly suited to our climate, being fully hardy, easy-to-grow and a real talking point when in bloom.
One of the last of all garden shrubs to come into leaf, the dark green, lobed foliage makes the most attractive backdrop for summer flowering perennials, setting the scene for the main event.
Lasting for several weeks between late July and early September, the bright, non-stop flower display attracts pollinating butterflies and bees to the garden.
In the same family as mallows and hollyhocks, the rose of Sharon or shrubby mallow, as hibiscus is sometimes called, grows into a densely branched shrub. We've selected three fabulous cultivars to bring the perfect mix of colours to your garden:
Supplied as bare-root plants, these Hibiscus will reach an approximate height of 2-3m.
The Rose of Sharon grows well in average soil and once established requires very little care - withstanding periods of drought. It also tolerates summer heat and humidity.
Grow in a sheltered spot in full sun with a humus-rich moist soil, keep well-watered as these plants don't like to dry out.
Happy in a large container as long as you keep it well-watered.
Protect the crown with a dry mulch through the winter months.
Trim any dead or damaged growth each year in mid spring and remove faded flowers. Hibiscus flower on the current season's growth, so pruning encourages them to flower prolifically.
Hibiscus can be bare of leaves right up until May, so don't think that your plant has expired - keep it well watered and it will burst into life when ready!