Hibiscus are one of the most beautiful, eye-catching flowers you can grow in your garden. Their tropical look makes them a very desirable flower and today we'll teach you how to grow hibiscus so you too can enjoy a bit of a tropical surrounding! There are three different types of hibiscus flowers that you can grow: tropical hibiscus, hardy perennial hibiscus, and hardy shrub hibiscus. Choosing which one to grow all depends on the climate you live in!
How to Grow Hibiscus in Your Garden
Tropical hibiscus are perfect for tropical gardens as well as container gardening. It grows as a small shrub or tree and comes in many different colors such as pink, red, yellow,or even multi-colored.
Climate: Can be grown year round in USDA zones 9-10. Zone 8 can also grow it but it will need to be brought indoors during the winter.
Light: Full sun.
Soil: Soil needs to be rich and well draining.
Fertilizer: Give your hibiscus plants regular feed by using a liquid, organic fertilizer.
Hardy Perennial Hibiscus:
Compared to the tropical hibiscus, hardy perennial hibiscus have heart shaped leaves and flowers have the texture of tissue paper. This type of hibiscus will die completely to the ground in the winter and come back up again in spring.
Climate: Can be grown in zone 4, but does not transplant well.
Light: Full sun.
Soil: Well draining, rich soil. Loves water, especially during the warm summer months.
Fertilizer: Heavy feeder. Choose an organic fertilizer with plenty of phosphorous.
Hardy Hibiscus Shrubs:
These big, beautiful hibiscus shrubs are quite a show in any garden as they can grow to over 10 feet tall!
Climate: Grown in zones 5-9. Loses its leaves in winter, but will grow them back again in spring.
Light: Full sun with a little afternoon shade.
Soil: Rich and well draining soil.
Fertilizer: Average water and nutrient needs.