Photo by Walters Gardens taken at Walters Gardens, MI
Hibiscus 'Berry Awesome' PP 27,936
Berry Awesome Hardy Mallow
Item #: 11950
Zones: 4a to 9b
Height: 48" tall
Origin: United States Hybrid
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
Hibiscus 'Berry Awesome' is another fabulous hibiscus from our friends at Walters Gardens, introduced in 2015. Each clump forms a dense, well-branched, 4' tall x 4' wide specimen, topped from early July through September with scores of 8" plum colored flowers, each with a bright red eye. Moist soils and bright sun are best, but occasional dry periods are well tolerated.
All of the perennial hibiscus are very low maintenance perennials, provided they are growing in the proper conditions. When the plants go dormant in winter, the stalk remain upright and sturdy. We prefer to leave them to give birds a place to perch. The structure also helps the garden remain much more interesting in winter than a flat carpet of brown mulch.
Hibiscus sawfly is the #1 pest of most hibiscus, causing skeletonized leaves. These can be treated with a beneficial bacteria product like Dipel, which contains BT bacillus.
Hardy hibiscus grow naturally in standing shallow water, although they are quite drought tolerant for short period. The drier the soil, the more the plants will be stressed, which increases the severity of insect damage.
Perennial hardy hibiscus add an upright garden form to the garden, as well as summer flowering when many spring perennials have finished flowering or gone dormant. Also, there are few plants with such a floral show that tolerates wet soil.
Bees are the primarily pollinators of all of the herbaceous, hardy hibiscus.
Flower Color: Purple/Lavender
Leaf Color: Green
Bloom Time: Summer
Container Role: Thrillers
Garden Themes: Cottage Garden Plants
Other: Bog Garden Plants , Edimentals , Cut Flower Plants , Hummingbird Plants , Pollinator Plants , North American Native Plants , Ornamental Seed or Fruit , Plants that Attract Birds , Rabbit Resistant Plants , Rain Garden Plants , Salt Tolerant Seaside Plants , Tropical Looking Plants , United States Native Plants