Despite having a reputation of being easy to grow in most areas of Australia, hibiscus are renowned for ‘sulking’ when the unexpected happens. Extreme variations in temperature from one day to the next will cause the older leaves to yellow and drop rapidly. It is all very normal in the life of hibiscus, and they will soon get over it.
Throughout the autumn months, we experience less extreme temperature differences and the focus is on the flowers. This is the time when they shine, being covered with large showy flowers for the next few months.
Hibiscus are the perfect plant to use as a background planting for a garden. They will readily form the backbone of a garden area only requiring a little pruning (if required, to keep bushy) at the beginning of spring.
Remember hibiscus are a tropical plant, and if established in the southern states they may require a little protection throughout the cooler months.
TIP – Hibiscus petals are edible and with these hardy plants available in nearly every colour, you will be hard-pressed to not find a variety that matches the tablecloth or serviette colour at your dinner party.