So since I have limited space in the garden, it makes more sense to grow other flowering plants.
But then, when they are purple-blue and double-petalled, it’s a whole new ball game altogether. It’s got everything going for it; it’s as gorgeous as a rose with none of the thorns, and is a fuss-free perennial.
We’ve had the hibiscus for so long I can’t remember if we grew it from a cutting or if we bought the plant.
This particular hibiscus seems to shoot for the skies and tends to be lanky, so a periodic pruning is necessary to keep its height in check.
The hibiscus doesn’t take much effort to grow as long as it gets the requisite sunshine, warmth and humidity. Dip the ends of hardwood cuttings into rooting hormone powder to propagate.
This hibiscus is not a constant bloomer like its more floriferous relatives, but when the flowers show, they are well worth the wait.
The double petalled hibiscus looks more purple when it first blooms, but appear bluish as it fades. I can’t tell if it’s actually more blue or purple but I guess it doesn’t really matter, does it?
Care and cultivation: full sun, well drained soil, water moderately; propagate using hardwood cuttings