Stunning Summerific® Hibiscus
Just about the time that many gardens are beginning to look a bit forlorn from the summer heat, Summerific Hibiscus (commonly called Rose Mallow) comes into its prime. Blooming from mid to late summer and well into fall, these stunners bear the largest flowers of any perennial with buds appearing up the stems, not just at the top like older varieties. Their large size and fast growth rate makes Summerific Hibiscus excellent specimen plants for the landscape. Surprising but true: these tropical looking beauties are hardy all the way down to zone 4! Though they emerge late in spring, they more than make up for it with vigorous growth and amazing flower power.
A range of warm, lovely flower colors in the Summerific Hibiscus series are available now and pictured here. Watch for more new Summerifics coming next year!
Huge 7-8” wide, ruffled flowers are lavender blue with a deep red eye. The flowers will appear the most blue under cool conditions. The overlapping petals are are of a thick substance. Attractive, healthy leaves are bright green with slightly serrated edges. ‘Lilac Crush’ measures at 5-5'6" tall and 4-4’6" wide’.
Dark green buds open to glossy, bright red, 7-8" wide flat flowers. These dramatic blossoms cover the plant from midsummer to early fall. They are set against a perfect backdrop of large, ovate shape leaves that have a dark bronze cast in full sun. ‘Valentine's Crush measures at 5’ tall and 3'6" wide.
Huge 7” wide, ruffled flowers are white with a deep red eye. The edges of the petals are edged with blush pink. Combined with the heavily overlapping petals, this creates a pinwheel effect on the flowers. Attractive, healthy leaves are bright green with slightly serrated edges. ‘Ballet Slippers’ measures at 4’ tall and 4½-5’ wide’.
Show this off in your late summer landscape with the wild new pinwheel pattern of 'Spinderella'. Large, 8" white flowers have medium pink accented edges and a dark red eye. Dark green leaves form a tidy, dense, and well-rounded habit that will fit perfectly as the centerpiece of your garden. ‘Spinderella’ measures at 4-4½’ tall and 4½-5’ wide.
Soft yellow flower buds open to 7-8" creamy custard yellow, ruffled flowers with a prominent red eye. Compared to the industry standard 'Old Yella', this Hibiscus retains its yellow color longer, has a more compact habit, has red stems and deeper green, more attractive foliage, and a very prolific floral production. ‘French Vanilla’ measures at 3½-4’ tall and 3-3½’ wide.
‘Berry Awesome’ has lavender pink flowers and red eye that are a huge 7-8” wide, with contrasting deep midnight green foliage. Flowers are produced from the top to the bottom of the plant, rather than just at the top like some other cultivars. The foliage forms the perfect habit and will be ready to show off from late summer into early fall. ‘Berry Awesome’ measures at 4’ tall and 4½-5’ wide.
‘Perfect Storm’ takes the dark foliage and shrinks it down to a manageable size (about half the height of ‘Summer Storm’). At 3' tall and 4½-5’ wide’, it will still be the centerpiece of your sunny garden. ‘Perfect Storm’ has huge, 7-8” wide, white flowers with a bright red eye that radiates out the veins, with the petals edged with pink.
'Cherry Choco Latte' is a long blooming Hibiscus with a smaller size that is more suitable for tighter spaces. Very large, 8-9" three-dimensional flowers are white with intense deep pink veining and a notably large red eye. Attractive dark olive green foliage has bronze highlights and forms a compact clump, with flowers covering the entire habit later in the season. ‘Cherry Choco Latte’ measures at 4’ tall and 4-5’ wide.
There have been many different colors, and we are proud to introduce 'Evening Rose' as an excellent combination of hot pink flowers and near black foliage. 8" puckered flowers cover the round, dense habit top to bottom. ‘Evening Rose measures 4’ tall and 4½-5’ wide.
There's a whole lot to love about this plant, beginning with its incredible dark, near-black foliage of beautiful, oval shaped leaves. Rich, deep red flowers are enormous at 8-9" across. The red and black colors perfectly complement each other. As an added bonus, once the flowers are finished, bright green calyxes starkly contrast the dark foliage. ‘Holy Grail measures at 4-4½’ tall and 4½-5’ wide’.
At only 3-3½' tall and 3½-4’ wide, this is our most compact Hibiscus to date. 7-8" bubblegum pink flowers have overlapping petals and darker pink veining for a dramatic 3D effect. Jet black foliage is the darkest we've seen on a Hibiscus and contrasts nicely with the green flower calyxes and red veining and petioles.
If you love 'Cranberry Crush', try 'Candy Crush'! 8", bright bubblegum pink flowers have a near-black, dark red eye and are produced all over its habit of rich, bright green leaves. ‘Candy Crush’ measures at 4-4½’ tall and wide.
Summerific Hibiscus Gardening Tips:
- Hibiscus love the sun and need moist, well-drained soil. Keeping these plants watered will result in larger flowers and lush foliage.
- Deadheading will improve the appearance of the plant.
- It is best to plant Hibiscus in the garden before the heat of the summer arrives, and should be heavily mulched the first winter.
- In spring, cut back any remaining stems before new growth appears. A strong pair of loppers or a saw will be necessary to cut this plant back.
- Be advised that Hibiscus is always one of the last perennials to emerge in spring. Its vigorous growth rate more than makes up for this late start, however.