HIBISCUS

Unlike its indoor and outdoor perennial relatives, the-annual species of Hibiscus is sadly neglected. The flowers have a brief life, a day at the most, but they appear freely and continually on the bushy plants for several months. The short-lived flowers are followed by bladder-like seed pods – an attractive and unusual plant. Keep watch for greenfly – spray if necessary.

VARIETIES: The Annual Hibiscus or Flower of an Hour is H.trionum. The flowers are 2 or 3 in. across, the white or pale pastel petals surrounding the central, chocolate brown eye. The leaves are long and toothed, and the modern strains bear flowers which last all day long and not just the brief period indicated by the common name.

English: Hibiscus splendens - flower, a rainfo...

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SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives in sun or light shade.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 2 ft.

Spacing: 1 ft.

Flowering period: July-September.

PROPAGATION: Sow seeds in April where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.

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