Photo by Walters Gardens taken at Walters Gardens, MI
Hibiscus 'Perfect Storm' PP 27,880
Perfect Storm Hardy Mallow
Item #: 11951
Zones: 4a to 9b
Height: 36" tall
Origin: United States Hybrid
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
Hibiscus 'Perfect Storm' is a 2015 Walters Gardens introduction that's the result of the next generation of breeding from Hibiscus 'Summer Storm'. This next gen selection is a much more compact plant to 3' tall, compared to its 7' cousin. The very dark purple foliage magnifies the intensity of the 8" wide blush pink flower with a brilliant red eye. We find this an amazing specimen for a site with moist-to-average garden soils where you're searching for a "look at me" moment. Flowering starts for us in late June and continues into September.
All of the hardy hibiscus are very low maintenance perennials, provided they are growing in the proper conditions. When the plants go dormant in winter, the stalks 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.
Hibiscus like 'Perfect Storm' 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: Pink
Leaf Color: Purple/Lavender
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 , Colored Foliage , United States Native Plants