In the Gardens - A perennial crowd pleasure

Growing hibiscus is an easy way to add a tropical flair to your garden. Hibiscus plants will reward your garden with many years of lovely flowers.

Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus is quite large, comprising several hundred species that are native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are renowned for their large, showy flowers and those species are commonly known simply as "hibiscus", or less widely known as rose mallow.

The leaves are alternate, ovate to lanceolate, often with a toothed or lobed margin. The flowers are large, conspicuous, trumpet-shaped, with five or more petals, colour from white to pink, red, orange, peach yellow or purple, and from 4–18 cm broad. A tea can be made from hibiscus flowers is known by many names around the world and is served both hot and cold. The beverage is known for its red colour, tart flavour, and vitamin C content.

Beechwood’s Chief Horticulturalist Tip: When in bloom, hibiscus require a lot of water, almost daily in the warmer weather. As the days cool, the hibiscus will need much less water. Over watering during this time, can kill it the plant.

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