SoCs — West Side Story

I want to tell you about my hibiscus. They’re all over the west side of my yard. They’re hardy hibiscus, not to be confused with tropical hibiscus. They start blooming in July and they continue until the frost.

They make pretty, even in the winter.


But right now, they’re in their full glory.






They’re lush and green half the year, which is lovely, because the abandoned house behind them is not lovely at all.

The view from my bedroom window is gorgeous. I have nothing to do with it, so surely I’m not braggin.


They’re so wow this time of year.
They burst with color.


You can’t really see in the photos, but they’re pink, hot pink, purple, lavender, and white.

Midday, they’re swarming with busy, busy bees.

They self-seed. I presume. There are more of them every year and I’m not planting or propagating them. I don’t do anything with them, and yet they spread.

I’m guessing the birds help, because today I found one blooming along the east side of house with the morning glory…


Sometimes I like things about summer. But only a few things.

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30 Responses to SoCs — West Side Story

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I’m never sure if these are the same as “Rose of Sharon” – maybe just a local name variation. In any case, we have several bushes with those beautiful flowers and they are hearty enough to have weathered our drought this summer with very little care. I have tones of photos of these because, when I walk the dog in the morning, they particularly fresh and happy. I really like your white one.

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  2. “lush and green all year”, that sounds so lovely to my ears!!!

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  3. Phil Taylor says:

    Wow! Those are beautiful! My favorite picture though was the black and white of the window. It seems very spooky and mysterious.

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  4. Luanne says:

    What a profusion of beauty! That word just came to me as the only word for that lovely view!

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  5. Chez Shea says:

    Mine died- was tending it lovingly since last Autumn and SOMETHING trampled it. It was tiny. Yours are awesome and I see why they make you happy and you love them. x

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  6. ghostmmnc says:

    Wonderful view of the hibiscus! I never knew they grew so tall! I had a small one once. They are such a pretty flower! Morning glories are one of my favorites, too!

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  7. loisajay says:

    I did not know there was a hardy hibiscus. It seems that not much survives our 3 days of winter here in the Panhandle. Come the spring, all the stores have hibiscus, but only the tropical variety. And yours self-seed. Without you doing anything. My kind of gardening.

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    • joey says:

      It is very important to have established shrubs and perennials, because so many plants require tending, and there’s always the weeding. I love the ‘let go’ plants 🙂

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  8. Benson says:

    Hibiscus Flowers where ever I look,
    Reds and blues and the pretty white,
    Freshly taken from a picture book,
    They fill me with great delight.
    Indoor Hibiscus Flowers delicate yellow,
    Potted plants in my snug flat,
    Great beauty that turns me mellow,
    To all Gardeners I take off my hat.
    The hibiscus is a flower to please,
    Grown in a warm and temperate clime.
    Reds, blues and whites do tease,
    With glowing colours so sublime.
    Bernard Shaw

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  9. msgt3227 says:

    Great pics! We too have nurtured a few to hid the view of a hideous house next door!!

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  10. April says:

    That must be what we have in rural Missouri. I am horrible at identifying plants but these photos look like what we have growing. They’re beautiful….and a great bonus for hiding what you don’t want to look at, at least for part of the year.

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  11. Laura says:

    These are so beautiful!

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  12. They’re gorgeous! I love the smoldering wintry outfits as well. 😉

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  13. Those hibiscus are beautiful. I didn’t realize they would grow in colder climates. I may have to find some hardy ones to plant here since they remind me of home 🙂


  14. garym6059 says:

    True story, I started a hibiscus once from a bare root and in five years I was having to prune it yearly because it was growing so fast and invading parts of the yard that didn’t need invaded.

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  15. meg68 says:

    We have a red one that is very popular with the local possum. It blooms – we love – then the damn possum eats all the flowers.


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