Hibiscus - beauty all in white
The garden hibiscus brings a southern ambience to the outdoor area. The shrubby hibiscus with the botanical name Hibiscus syriacus originated in China, but was cultivated early on in the warm temperate climate zones of Europe. The garden hibiscus, which belongs to the mallow family, can tolerate temperatures as low as -30° C and therefore also has many admirers here. It is the flowers that attract attention. The high ornamental value makes the shrub hibiscus a popular plant, especially as it makes an excellent hibiscus hedge. After winter, the hibiscus takes a little time, because it takes until April for the first green shoots to appear. On the other hand, the flowers last from July until well into the autumn.
Specification Hibiscus syriacus
This deciduous shrub grows upright and slightly bushy up to 2.00 m tall. Its pruning tolerance, even into the old wood, allows various shapes. The best time to prune is in spring. Even a very short-cropped hibiscus hedge is adorned with a multitude of flowers in summer. Medium green, three-lobed leaves up to 9 cm long are roughly serrated at the edges. Towards the end of the season they take on a yellowish hue. Stalked, five-petalled, white cup flowers reach up to 8 cm in diameter when fully open. In the centre sits the columna, a tube consisting of fused stamens and filaments. The nectar of Hibiscus syriacus attracts butterflies, honeybees, bumblebees and other wild bees. After pollination, capsule fruits with hairy seeds develop.
Planting hibiscus as a hedge
Border planting with the garden hibiscus combines privacy with fascinating flowering, either monochrome in white or variegated with shades of pink, red and blue. You can easily keep the hibiscus hedge at a width of 60cm. It is therefore also suitable for smaller gardens. Plan on 2 to 3 plants per running metre. A planting time in spring is usually recommended. Garden hibiscus grown in pots grows well all year round.
Domiciles for the bush hibiscus
The garden hibiscus is a sun-worshipper among ornamental shrubs. Therefore, give it a sunny to semi-shady location. Its exotic appearance blends in perfectly with the Mediterranean garden. There, the shrub hibiscus shines both as a solitary and in a group. If desired, it will arrange itself with the space in a large tub. Alternatively, the garden hibiscus serves as an eye-catcher in modern green zones. Together with lavender and red ground cover roses, picturesque compositions are created.
Buy garden hibiscus with white flowers
For a running metre we recommend buying about 2 - 3 plants.
The plants are grown in pots, so you can use the white hibiscus all year round.