Hibiscus plants are members of the Mallow family, and there are many different species that are used in gardening, agriculture, and manufacturing. It grows as a small shrub or tree, with stiff woody stems and thick, glossy, dark green leaves. Blossoms are usually 3”- 6” in diameter and come in many different colors and varieties including red, orange, yellow, salmon-pink, multicolored, and even double blossoms.
Their brilliant funnel-shaped flowers are four or five inches across and are available in different colored shades, all with showy, prominent stamens. Their bushy, rounded habit is an added bonus, staying neat and attractive throughout the summer. Some tropical varieties are available in tree form.
Growing hibiscus is an easy way to add exotic allure to your garden. There are two main types of hibiscus: Perennial hibiscus (multiple species) grow like shrubs, but die back to the ground each winter. Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) make excellent container plants for pool scapes or patios during the summer.