Container Garden Design: Hibiscus
by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
(Container Gardening For You)
Pictures of Flowers: A = Hibiscus
Container Garden Design: A = Hibiscus
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One hibiscus plant is all that is needed for a large container to create a tropical, exotic feel.
The tomato red flowers seem to pop out against the dark green glossy leaves.
When selecting hibiscus to plant in containers, remember that not all varieties are winter-hardy.
If you choose to plant a tropical variety (Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis), you will have to bring it indoors during winter months. However, hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus Moscheutos) will survive winters in areas as cold as USDA 5.
Hibiscus dies to the ground during winter and is slow to emerge in spring, as it needs warm soil temperatures to start growing, but when it does, it will reward you with huge blooms during summer and early fall, ranging in size from six to twelve inches in diameter.
You can plant them in full sun to part shade, in rich potting mix with organic matter worked into it. Keep it moist at all times. They are disease-resistant, but keep an eye out for Japanese beetle attacking your hibiscus.Want more? Use the arrows below to see more lovely container garden designs, all with identified plants and care advice.
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