Towering Hibiscus

The towering hibiscus bushes are in full bloom right now. Many of them are three metres (10 feet) or more tall.

Originally from Korea, and in fact the national flower of Korea, these bushes are now a part of many gardens and parks here in the Okanagan.

In the United States they are known as Rose of Sharon, but they aren’t related to roses at all. Frilly and pretty, they add a lovely blowsy richness to the landscape.

Happy Thursday from the flowering hibiscus of the Okanagan Valley. πŸ™‚

25 thoughts on “Towering Hibiscus”

  1. So nice to see the pretty flowers. With all the rain this year, my gardens and beds have never looked better. But, there is a change in the air. While I love autumn, I just want summer to stick around a bit longer. Stay well Lynette. Allan

    1. There’s a change already? I don’t feel ready for autumn either 😳. I’ll be heading north again in about a week, and I understand it’s been unseasonably cool there. Winter may be early.

  2. I love hibiscus, but I didn’t know they would survive our winter. I bought one a couple summers back and it would blossom every day, sometimes up to four flowers. I did give it fertilizer πŸ™‚ The blooms didn’t last more than a few days and they remind me of the tropics.

    1. Apparently these are “hardy” hibiscus that will survive winters in warmer areas of the country such as Penticton and Osoyoos or Vancouver Island. I’ve seen many of them around. The one pictured lives just down the street. πŸ™‚ If you’re looking for one for your yard, you need to specifically make sure it’s the “hardy” kind.

  3. Beautiful. We have a lot of these that grow in the road ditches here in Arkansas this time of the year. Most are white in color and some have a pink tint.

  4. Really beautiful. We had a dark red hibiscus on our water barrel a year ago. I could see it first thing in the morning and with each beautiful bloom came an enormous smile. I felt like happiness greeted me each morning. Thank you for sharing. Love Jkc

  5. We have “Rose of Sharon” trees here in Texas, which produce the same flowers, but they are huge and, well, tree-like, much larger than a bush. Beautiful, nonetheless.

    As for Autumn arriving, that won’t happen here for at least a few months, long after most of the country has fallen into Fall, my favorite time of the year…

    1. Trees? It’s true that everything IS bigger in Texas! πŸ™‚

      Fall here is absolutely gorgeous. It’s warm and sunny during the day but cools off at night. Great conditions for hiking and swimming, and sitting outside. The weather just slides so gently into winter. But I won’t be here to see it since I’m heading north again soon, and they have had a cool summer that seems to be heading toward an early autumn.

  6. The hibiscus is beautiful! I do not garden. I hate dirt under my fingernails, sweating, and bugs – especially bugs. But, I love a beauiful flower garden. My grandmother gardened and my grandfather added a room onto their house where she could start plants to put in the garden and grow houseplants. I grow orchids in the house and potted plants on my deck. As a side note, Peet’s makes a wonderful hibiscus tea.

    1. This hibiscus is down the street from me as I don’t have a garden right now. I understand that once they are established, they are very easy to care for with a minimum of fussing. I like to have a garden, but I go for a lot of xeriscaping and pots and plants that work with the climate. (I like having a garden, but I don’t like yard work. πŸ™‚ )

    1. Aren’t they wonderful? They seem to get on well with the desert-like conditions of the Okanagan Valley but I’ve seen them on damp Vancouver Island also. I’m wondering if they have been hybridised for the differing climates.

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