Proven Winners Perennials
Hibiscus Summerific® 'Lilac Crush'
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This hybrid of the hibiscus plant, commonly referred to as a Rose Mallow, produces huge 7–8-inch flowers. This hybrid of the hibiscus is indigenous to North America and flourishes there in marshes. Put this shrub in a beautiful flowering border or use it as a focal point planting. Hummingbirds will be drawn to the lovely blossoms, and fortunately, this beauty is deer-resistant.
Uses: Bogs, Borders, Cottage Gardens, Landscapes, Naturalizing, Rain Gardens, Specimen
Nature Attraction: Bees, Butterflies
Critter Resistant: Deer
Notable Features: Large Flowers, Rapid Growth, Heat Tolerant, Native
Growth Habit: Upright, Bushy
Homeowner Growing Tips: Plant in moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Keeping the plants well-watered will result in larger flowers and lush foliage. Deadhead to improve appearance of the plant. Mulch for protection in winter. Cut back remaining stems to 3" - 4" in spring before new growth emerges. Hibiscus emerge late in spring, so don't be alarmed if you don't see it right away. It will grow quickly and soon make up for its late start. Apply a balanced fertilizer after growth begins. Watch for Japanese beetles that like to eat this plant.