Even if you’ve never gardened before, you’ve probably heard the name Hibiscus. It’s the iconic flower of the tropics with its image splashed across Hawaiian print shirts and beach blankets everywhere. What many people don’t realize is that the name Hibiscus is used to describe many different kinds of flowers, some of which thrive in heat of the south and others which are hardy all the way north to Minnesota. Some types are grown as houseplants, while others are hardy perennials or shrubs. In this article, let’s look at perennial Hibiscus, commonly known as Rose Mallow. Look out for varieties in our stores throughout the season like:
Proven Winners Ballet Slippers
Proven Winners Berry Awesome
Cherry Coco Latte
Proven Winners Cranberry Crush
Proven Winners Evening Rose
Proven Winners Holy Grail
Proven Winners Perfect Storm
Proven Winners Starry Night
Summer in Paradise
*Please note supplies and selection will vary at each location
Water, water and more water
The most important thing rose mallow needs to survive is water, and lots of it. Some of the native species can actually grow IN water. Plant yours in a spot that can easily be watered on a regular basis. Whether your soil consists of clay, sand or something in between, do not let this plant wilt and dry out. You’ll know it is not getting enough water if it becomes scraggly looking and drops its lower leaves and flower buds.
Give me some elbow room
Rose mallow is a large perennial that takes up a lot of room. Even varieties that are considered “dwarf” grow at least three feet tall and wide, with standard-sized rose mallow growing 4-6 feet tall and wide. Find a place in your landscape where it will not be crowded by other plants, because it will quickly outcompete your other perennials for space.
Bring on the sun
The best place to plant a rose mallow is somewhere the sun shines all day long. It loves hot, humid, sunny weather and shows its best colors in full sun. You’ll have more flowers too. If your only option is a spot in part shade, rose mallow will grow there but fewer flowers will be produced and varieties with purple foliage will appear more green.
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Water is one of the most important things birders can add to their backyards to attract birds. Birds need water for two reasons: drinking and preening. Water helps keep a bird’s body cool, and let’s them remove dust and debris from their plumage. Bird baths themselves add an architectural element to the natural landscape. Available in an array of colors, our ceramic glazed baths are the perfect addition to any outdoor space. Match the color of your home, or nearby blooms. The possibilities are endless! Valid through July 5, 2020 or while supplies last.
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We’re entering summer mode here at Mahoney’s! Our greenhouses are replenished with lush, foliage houseplants and beautiful annual color. Our perennial yards are in bloom with summer favorites and every store has a fantastic American Beauties Native Plants display so you can shop pollinator-friendly varieties! We’ve just received a shipment of summer-blooming Volcano Phlox, and fresh trees + shrubs for the weekend!
We’ve refreshed our foliage houseplant inventory for the summer! Stop in to see all that’s new in our stores to spruce up your interiors. Each week we’re loading up with tabletop and floor sizes, plus unique and fun hanging baskets! Please note, supplies and selection will vary at each Mahoney’s location.