Saturday, August 19, 2006

Hardy Hibiscus
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Lord Baltimore'
(hi-BIS-kus) (mos-KEW-tos)

If you like big flowers you will like this plant. For those that are not familiar with the Hardy Hibiscus (syn. Rose Mallow) it is hard to believe you could have something this tropical looking in a Northern Garden. It is quite tall and best regulated to the back of the border. This can help hide the sometimes unsightly foliage. The flowers are giant, up to 10 inches across, and when planted with one or two of the other shorter growing cultivars is an outstanding addition to the garden. I used to have one of these planted by my front door and everyone, not just gardeners had to comment on it.

Rose Mallow is a large genus of about 200-220 species of flowering plants that are mainly native to the tropics and the subtropics.

I hope to get out today and take some pictures. For the people leaving comments, Thanks! I have had to 'moderate' the comments due to spam. So it may take awhile for your comment to show up.

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