Some hibiscus flowers are huge. You could use them for an umbrella! Most people think of hibiscus as that tropical flower that you see in Florida, but there is a perennial version that grows well in this northern climate. It's hardy to zone 4, it grows up to about six feet tall, and produces huge flowers!
One new variety is called 'Berrilicious', because it looks so tasty, just to look at it! It's a big flower and what's really nice about this variety is that it flowers not only on the terminals (end of branch), but it flowers at the leaf buds too, so you get more flowers per stalk.
Hibiscus bloom from midsummer to fall. It's a great flower to have in your perennial border to really put on a show when there aren't a lot of other things really blooming at that time of year.
Now if you want a shorter variety, there's 'Cranberry Crush'. This one has a dark burgundy flower buds that are almost black, and when it opens up it has this real maroon colored flower that's just as big as 'Berrilicious'. But it's a smaller plant and only grows about 4 feet tall so that way you can fit it in smaller areas in your landscape.
Hibiscus provide color in the garden and they look so tropical. It's just a beautiful way to brighten up your perennial garden.
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