Tropical Hibiscus: Fabulous Phoenix Landscaping Color

Tropical Hibiscus: Fabulous Phoenix Landscaping Color

Its a rare person that isn’t drawn in by the beauty of the flowers on the Tropical Hibiscus, a.k.a Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Luckily, unless we have a really severe cold spell where the temperatures remain too low for extended periods, you should have great luck growing these gorgeous, long blooming plants in your Phoenix landscaping. For those who would prefer not to risk the unpredictable nature of winter weather, they still make an excellent large container plant to add continual color and beauty to your courtyard or outdoor living spaces. This will allow you to move the plant inside should the weather grow too cold for their liking. However, many people have great success in growing them in their landscape beds.

Showy hibiscus comes in a wide array of bloom colors from white to yellow, orange, pink and red. – not to mention those varieties that have bi-colored flowers. There are also both single and double petaled flower forms available. A native of Asia, the plant has different names in different Chinese states and has been gracing gardens there since before the 12th century.

There is even a variegated foliage variety with mostly white leaves and rich red flowers that is most striking in a morning sun only situation. The flower color on any Tropical Hibiscus has a great deal to do with where it should be planted in any Phoenix landscape design. The darker colors fare well in most day sun, where those with lighter blooms do best without any afternoon sun. Obviously, like any sun-loving plant, the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis requires several hours of full sun a day to produce good blooming. Locating them accordingly will make it easier for you to enjoy abundant exquisite beauty and color throughout the warm months of the year.

Being a tropical plant, rather than a xeriscaping selection, whether you container grow them or put them in the ground, you will need to count on giving your Tropical Hibiscus sufficient water. A shrubby form, versus a tree shape will help them to conserve moisture and deal with the high temperatures and arid conditions of summer in your Phoenix landscaping better. If grown in a container, you should count on watering them without fail on at least a daily basis in summer, as well as putting them in a spot that they are protected from the hot afternoon sun, no matter what color the blooms are. Above the ground, the heat will affect them far faster than when in your planting bed soil.

Deep root watering practices are best with Tropical Hibiscus. This trains them to put their roots deeply into the soil where moisture will stay far longer for their needs. Hibiscus rosa -sinensis in your Phoenix landscaping beds are best kept on a lawn watering schedule from spring through fall and on a citrus watering schedule during the winter.

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