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Join me as we chat about Summerific Perennial Hibiscus in the Home Garden. In this post find out why these are at the top of my home garden must-have list. Readers let me introduce you to my favorite and why I grow more than one.

Summerific® Hibiscus are Perennial Hibiscus Video

In this video that was originally a live stream on the GardenChat Group I share about the Summerific Hibiscus Perennial Plant.  I also give some tips from my own garden after growing perennial for over 10 years.

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This video was originally streamed live on GardenChat Group Facebook.

Important Tips about Growing Perennial Hibiscus

Here are a few super important things to remember about the Perennial Hibiscus.

  • The best place to plant the hibiscus perennial is in full to mostly full sun.  I have noticed they do not like to take backstage in too much shade.
  • Expect to water and feed well the first year so the plant can get established
  • Allow about 5 feet or more for this beautiful plant to have room to grow
  • Be patient because the plant usually doesn’t start appearing until mid-June after dying back to the ground during the winter season.
  • It is best to trim back the old plant in early Spring that should be old steams.  Be careful to watch for new growth when it arrives because it is a delicate starter.

New This Year From My Garden

I am experimenting with growing the perennial hibiscus in a container.  It has been fun moving this container around my garden.  This is a great idea for those who have small spaces but want to enjoy a plant that comes back each year.  Check out Images below:

Note: this is my first year overwintering a perennial hibiscus in a container out in zone 5b.  I will be sure it gets the winter elements but will cover the container with mulch or straw to protect from extreme winter cold.  Check back to see how this experiment turns out.  

Puppy and Plants

Let’s Connect

I would love to hear from you and your adventures with the perennial hibiscus.  Did you grow any of the Summerific® Hibiscus?  Connect with me on my website or this post.  I can’t wait to see what you all share for the #SummerificWeek online.  I’ll do my best to help you gardening so be sure to follow my site.

Happy Summerific Gardening,

Bren Haas

 

6 Responses

  1. For the Summerific hibiscus, am I reading correctly that I should NOT cut it back to the ground in once the first frost hits? I live in Zone 7a and the tips of branches are turning brown.

    1. Hey There – I am not sure why you wouldn’t be able to prune the Summerific Hibiscus back to the ground after the first frost if you want to. However, I will note that you won’t see much damage to the plant after a few frost. The leaves on this variety of perennial hibiscus will change to pretty autumn tones like purple and red!

      Happy Gardening – Bren

      1. Hi Bren,
        My Summerific was not pruned in the Fall. Spring is a couple of weeks away. There are branches on this plant but no buds. Can I prune this plant now? And how much to I remove? Do I leave 2” of each branch. Please be specific on how much to remove and do I feed this plant and when and how frequent. Just planted it last summer. Blooms were gorgeous. Thank you

        1. Hey Terry – I just went for a quick walk out in the rain to get some video of what my Summerific ( hardy Hibiscus Perennials ) look like this time of year. I leave my branches up and do not prune them back until the new growth begins in late spring. It won’t hurt to leave the the dead branch coming out of the ground until the new growth arrives. I trust that you are not confusing the rose marrow (hardy hibiscus perennial) with a rose of sharon shrub ( Hibiscus syriacus ). They are very different when it comes to pruning. The Rose of Sharon Hibiscus can be pruned now or anytime in late winter early spring before the new green starts to grow on the branches. Check out my video to see what the plants look like right now and hopefully that will help you!
          video: https://youtu.be/4m3okjBqFE0

    1. hey Jamie – thank you for visiting my website today. The perennial hibiscus featured in this post did come back the following year after winter in my garden. I am in Ohio hardiness zone 5b / 6. The container was kept outside next to my greenhouse and had plenty of snow on it during the really cold weeks we experienced. However, I planted this hibiscus in the follow spring and it has doubled in size in just one year. It appears the plant loves to have space in the landscape so please keep that in mind. This is my personal experience and I am happy to share it with you!

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