Plants in Our Garden – Hibiscus 2

I love Hibiscus as they look so exotic and I still wonder at how they flower so well each year in my North facing garden.

The variety I have is Hibiscus syriacus ‘Oiseau Bleu’ which has amazing large deep purple/blue coloured flowers with a bright magenta centre. It is a deciduous shrub but has lovely dark green foliage during late spring and summer.

They like to be in full sun and planted in a rich, moist, well-drained soil, they are fully hardy and flower between August to October.

Prune young plants in late spring to encourage a bushy habit but once established they need little care except to mulch well in autumn to help retain moisture and keep down weeds.



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2 thoughts on “Plants in Our Garden – Hibiscus

  • Linda Peppin

    One reason could be that the shrub got too dry as the buds were forming in which case they will shrivel up and die. Or, you may have had a late frost which would also affect the buds fully forming.

    They do best in a sheltered, sunny position and you should make sure you water it during dry periods, feed with a rose fertiliser in the spring and mulch in the autumn.

    Hopefully next year will be better.