Bring a taste of paradise to your garden this year with this exotic-flowered Hibiscus.
Hibiscus 'Lady Stanley' explodes into an abundant display of huge, blousy flowers, that will fill your borders or pots with subtle shades of colour all summer long.
Masses of large, double, pink-flushed, white flowers with dark red centres will smother this gorgeous garden plant, then towards the end of the flowering season, the flowers tend to become pink rather than white, with a deep purple blotch in the centre.
You don't need to be an expert to grow Hibiscus in the UK, and this variety 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 floral 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.
To ensure plenty of flowers, plant in a sunny position, sheltered from strong winds.
Prune back two or three buds in the late winter months or early spring to encourage larger flowers the following summer - if the shrub is left unpruned, it will continue to produce numerous blooms, but they will often be smaller in diameter.