Gardenia Bush Blossoms

Gardenias are subtropical plants that thrive in warm, humid weather. Most gardenias are hardy in zones 8-11, though a few varieties hardy to zone 7 have been developed and a few are only hardy in zones 10 and 11.  Gardenias can be grown in pots and brought inside in cold climates. See How To Care For Gardenias  for more information.

 

My little gardenia bush has had three blooms this month. The first I brought into the house to the enjoy.  The next week two more blossoms appeared.

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Tropical Hibiscus at a Garden Center

Tropical Hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis: Tropical hibiscus grows permanently in the landscape in warmer U.S. Dept of Agriculture  zones 9 through 11, unless they are taken indoors in winter. Outdoors, one freeze – below 25 degrees Fahrenheit – will kill them   A hibiscus flower usually has five petals (a single hibiscus).   

 

Several weeks ago I shared  a visit to a florist.   Today I’m sharing a visit to a large landscape garden center on a bright, sunny Florida morning around 10 AM.  There were just a few people at the center.

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Red Hibiscus in A Dish

Tropical Hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Tropical hibiscus grows permanently in the landscape in warmer U.S. Dept of Agriculture  zones 9 through 11, unless they are taken indoors in winter. Outdoors, one freeze – below 25 degrees Fahrenheit – will kill them

 

 

I love growing tropical hibiscus in my yard for big bold flowers. Even in winter they try to bloom continuously here in central Florida. Up north you can grow a hardy hibiscus which doesn’t do well in the summer Florida sun. The warmer the weather with enough water, the more flowers a tropical hibiscus will give.  Some days I bring in one beautiful red single hibiscus bloom to put in a dish for the table. Hibiscus blooms only last 24 hours whether on the bush or in the house.  Here are photos from several days. Read More