Monday, September 9, 2013

Bold, Beautiful and Blue

My favorite summer plant of 2013 is Hibiscus Blue Satin from the well known Proven Winners brand. This is not your average Hibiscus in bloom.

Blue Satin Hibiscus flower

It provides both color and charm in the landscape. What I find so appealing is the prolific set of buds on the stems and knowing as each one opens it will dazzle me with its visually magnificent blue-purple flowers. Not any shrub that I have seen in the marketplace comes close to this stimulating color.

Blue Satin Hibiscus

Pair it with white to create a vintage style garden. To achieve this, consider Proven Winners Hibiscus White Chiffon, Pow Wow White Coneflower, White Meidiland Rose, and Miscanthus 'Morning Light' for additional texture in the landscape.

Prune it in late winter or early spring, space it on 2-1/2' to 3' centers for hedging. It makes a great small tree; its mature height is 12'. Plant it in a mixed container on the patio for a tropical feel for summer then move it to the landscape in the fall. It requires moderate moisture and benefits from a slow release fertilizer early spring and then apply a mid-summer liquid fertilizer prior to the plant setting bloom. They are available now in bloom in a 3PW size. Call today to place your order!

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