Add A Splash Of Color With Our Selection of Hibiscus Bushes
It’s a lovely tropical day. Imagine warm breezes, huge vibrant tropical flowers, and glossy green foliage. Right now, you are likely picturing a tropical hibiscus, even if you don’t know the name. Also called Chinese hibiscus, its botanical name is Hibiscus rosa-sinensis.
Tropical hibiscuses produce huge, 6-inch blooms in vibrant red, orange, and yellow colors. Each flower lasts only a day, but the bush will keep on blooming. We love them for bringing that tropical vibe back home to our yards and patios, even when we're not in the tropics.
Which Types of Hibiscus Should You Buy Online?
There are three main types when shopping for a new hibiscus, but it is easy to get them mixed up. Tropical hibiscus, H. rosa-sinensis, is not at all cold hardy. It is evergreen and blooms in bright, deep colors.
Rose of Sharon, H. syriacus, which is somewhat hardy, down to USDA zone 5 or 6. It blooms white, pink, lavender, and blue.
Hardy hibiscus, also called rose mallow, usually refers to H. moscheutos but can be one of several species that are hardy to as low as USDA zone 4. Famous not only for tolerating cold weather, but especially for its giant blooms, it will begin flowering in midsummer and continue until the frost.
Caring For Your Hibiscus Bushes You Ordered from Perfect Plants
Hibiscus loves warm, sunny spots with fertile, well-draining soil. They will be delighted with morning or midday sun and a bit of shade in the afternoon.
Many people plant tropical hibiscus in large containers and move them indoors during winter. Container-grown hibiscus can be an excellent addition to your patio or deck, especially if you live in a colder area.
Something else to note is that hibiscus is a salt tolerant shrub and can tolerate moderate salinity in the air and soil.
Tropical hibiscuses are not tolerant of cold weather and will show damage when temperatures dip lower. If your area experiences temperatures below 32 ℉, your tropical hibiscus will need to be brought indoors for the winter. Read more about Hibiscus Winter Care here.
Do Hibiscus Bushes Bought Online Come Back Every Year?
Tropical hibiscus is an evergreen perennial shrub when grown in USDA zones 9-12. Tropical hibiscuses must be brought inside during the winter for those in colder climates. Freezing temperatures will kill a tropical hibiscus.
Hardy hibiscuses are deciduous and are perennial when grown in appropriate climates.
In warmer climates, tropical hibiscuses make fantastic landscaping plants. Their evergreen habit and fast growth provide excellent privacy screens with the double benefit of creating a tropical vibe around your deck, pool, or yard.
Use them to hide utility or parking areas, make an informal property border, or line the back edge of your yard. If kept trimmed, they are beautiful foundation plantings as well.
Large tropical hibiscuses make fantastic ornamental shrub plantings. A pair of tropical hibiscus flanking your front entryway or ‘guarding’ your mailbox can be striking.