August Gardens

It’s a hot, humid summer here in central Florida. I haven’t shared that many photos of my tropical garden this summer as it’s taken time to rebuild after the loss of so many plants in January due to 2 freezing nights. I replaced my huge dead red hibiscus with a new small bush back in the spring, and the little guy produces pretty red flowers almost daily.



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Sparkling Hibiscus Citrus Tea

There are over 200 kinds of hibiscus, but today I’m discussing Hibiscus Sabdariffa.  (Also called Roselle, Florida cranberry, red sorrel, or Jamaica sorrel.) This plant not only produces beautiful flowers, but the part of the hibiscus plant that protects and supports the flower (the calyx) is edible. It is popular in many cultures around the world for its wonderful tea.



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In The Garden At The End of June, Kiss N’ Tell Orange Hibiscus

Last fall I planted two beautiful hibiscus, Kiss N’ Tell,  in the front garden planters. They have wonderfully tropical orange petals with deep burgundy centers. The botanical name is Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. It was sold by Home Depot as part of the Hisbiskiss line. The 6 to 7 inch blooms stand out nicely against the foliage of this shrub. I had hoped the small plants could be in the large container until this fall when I would transplant to the back yard against the fence.

Peach hibiscus, Kiss N' Tell

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