Mention Hibiscus and the first image that comes into my head is of coming across an amazing Hibiscus bush with an abundance of blooms, when I was on holiday in South West France a few years ago. It looked so beautiful growing outside in a garden.
Hibiscus are wonderful to have as a houseplant too. They bring such a pop of colour to a room with their flamboyant flowers, which can be yellow, white, orange, red, purple or pink. The trumpet-shaped blooms only last a day or two, but if kept in the right conditions, plants will flower from spring through to autumn.
As for looking after your Hibiscus plants, they like as much light as possible but not fierce sunlight. Keep the compost moist at all times and reduce watering in the winter. They also like warmth, so a conservatory is a great place to grow them.
Did you know that Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the state flower of Hawaii and the national flower of Malaysia?
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Flower Council of Holland. All the words are my own.
(Images : The Flower Council of Holland)