Long the symbol of the tropics, there are a number of hibiscus that feel at home in the hot, humid summers of the Triangle.
Hibiscus by Proven Winners
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.