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Plant of the month - June

Hibiscus

 

Many people assume from the botanical name, Hibiscus syriacus, that they belong to the Middle East and should, therefore, not survive our winters. But the name is misleading. These plants originated in the Far East but, because winter can be harsh in their native home, they are well suited to our climate.

 They are easy plants to grow, just plant them in one of your sunniest spots, feed them with Toprose or other rose fertiliser and you will be rewarded with flowers throughout the summer. They can be pruned in spring to prevent them getting too large as they flower on the current year’s growth.

They come in many shades including pinks, purples and a lovely blue variety called ‘Bluebird’

 

Botanical name

Hibisicus syriacus

Height

1.5-2.5m

Spread

1.5-2.5m

Aspect

Full sun

Flowering time

June – September (yes that long)