Long the symbol of the tropics, there are a number of hibiscus that feel at home in the hot, humid summers of the Triangle.
The large vivid flowers including reds and pinks and bright yellow make it a standout in the garden. Most hibiscus need plenty of space, some reaching tree size up to 10-feet tall, plus lots of sun and water.
Read the plant tags carefully: some hibiscus won’t survive the winter here. Its Rose of Sharon cousin will come back year after year. A few new varieties include ‘Full Blast’ by Proven Winners and ‘Red Darling’ by Monrovia.