Here’s the lovely Hibiscus aculeatus in flower now in the garden. Although the flowers don’t reach the enormous proportions of Hibiscus moscheutos, the soft yellow flowers of the southeast US native perennial Hibiscus aculeatus are a welcome color in the fall garden and the sandpapery leaves keep foliage-eating insects at bay.
Unlike most hibiscus, I can’t detect a bit of blue in Hibiscus ‘Cranberry Crush’…but then, you know what they say about most men being color blind. The hardy hibiscus are just looking fantastic in the garden now…how many do you grow?
Hibiscus ‘Tie Dye’ growing nearby in the gardens is also looking great today!
Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel’ is looking particularly fine in the garden on this early July day…nothing like a hardy mallow to welcome summer!
The wine cups, Callirhoe involucrata are so amazing in the garden, I wish everyone could see them now. These long-flowering, drought-tolerant, vertically-challenged hibiscus cousins are amazing groundcover perennials. Callirhoes come in white, wine-red, and this mauvy form, Callirhoe involucrata var. tenuissima. If you have full sun and like this color theme, you’ve got to try some of the easy-to-grow, American native winecups!