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Hardy Hibiscus for Northern Landscapes

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Because of the tropical hibiscus carried by some florist shops, many people don't associate large-flowered hibiscus varieties with Northern landscapes....
Picture of a bloom from a hibiscus shrub.

Picture of a bloom from a hardy hibiscus.

David Beaulieu

But hardy varieties with large hibiscus flowers do exist. The blossoms are so large that they're sometimes referred to as "dinner plates."

Although they have woody stems like shrubs, the stems do die back to the ground in winter, making them "perennials," technically. These hibiscus plants can be hardy to planting zone 4. The plants blossom in mid-summer to late summer in my zone-5 landscape.

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