Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bloomin' Tuesday

Time for another spotlight from our garden. Today I'm highlighting our perennial hibiscus plant called "Luna Pink Swirl." It's in full bloom this time of year and a show-stopper to be sure...


A few years ago I noticed hibiscus plants in our nursery and couldn't believe they would survive the winter in Colorado's frigid climes, but Luna returns on schedule every summer and shines like a star!


When you have this perennial hibiscus gracing your yard you can pretend that you're living in the tropics even though you reside smack dab in the middle of the US of A.


Its beautiful bloom is as big as a salad plate -- at least 6 inches across -- and it adds a dramatic punch of color to any yard. The huge flowers aren't its only positive characteristic. These plants are heat tolerant and they have a  large number of flowers on each plant. Just cut them back to the ground in the fall once the folliage has died. They are one of the last perennials to emerge in the late spring as warm soil temperatures are needed for them to grow. They are a gorgeous, hearty perennial!


My morning glories are at their finest by mid August. They love the sun and, unfortunately, there is precious little of that in my garden, so it takes them until mid August the past few years to hit their stride. I plant morning glory seeds along a fence and around the base of four landscaping poles that I bend and tie together at the top to form a tee-pee. They trail and climb up the poles, like this...


By the end of the summer the morning glory have filled in and look something like this...


Here are a few photos taken in my garden this morning of these beautiful morning glory blossoms. Don't mistake these plants for the noxious weed that grows with the small 1/2" blossoms. Our morning glories have gorgeous 3" flowers and die back every fall. They do produce volunteers every spring from the seeds that were dropped in the fall -- very handy when you want them back in the same place every year!





And finally -- the happy face of a sunflower...


To see more flowery posts, go to the links below!


Linked to:
Bloomin' Tuesday @ Ms. Green Thumb Jeans
Garden Tuesday @ Sidewalk Shoes
Tuesday Garden Party @ An Oregon Cottage


19 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Everything looks very happy and healthy-enjoy:@)

Allison at Novice Life said...

Wow I have never seen such beautiful morning glories before!!

Backwoods Cottage Pam said...

I grew a batch of the Pink Lunas from seed, they are still in their pots in the greenhouse. I really need to get them in the ground. So gorgeous, I have the White Lunas also. My Morning Glories that came back from last year from seed are covering my tomato plants, they are gorgeous and I can't yank them off. I especially love the blue of Heavenly Blue. I also had one called Tye Dye that was stellar.

Tudy said...

Beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing.

Streuterklamotte said...

Your flowers are beautiful and amazing!!! Wonderful to see!!!

Sabine from Germany

Zoey said...

I really like your morning glory teepees. Beautiful!

Connie said...

I am like you, I thought that Hibiscus would only grow where it is warm. I will have to see if there are any nursery's around here that might have that variety.

All of your plants and flowers look so healthy and nice.

Donna Heber said...

Hi Suzanne,

I must say your hibiscus and morning glories are exquisite! I wonder if the hibiscus would survive in the Northeast. I always considered them an annual like morning glories. You have such wonderful shades of purple.

perennialgardener said...

That is one gorgeous pink Hibiscus! I love the Morning Glory towers too, they are in full glory. lol. :)

gail said...

How pretty! I love hibiscus. I have several hardy varieties that come back each year.
Morning glory's are FANTASTIC! How pretty!
you really must have a very green thumb!
I always love seeing your flowers!
gail

Judy ~ Through My Garden Window said...

You certainly have Morning Glories figured out! I just can't get them to grow enough before it gets too cold for them. Your Hibiscus is beautiful!!

Carol said...

Those Lunas are stunning!!! I have white ones that didn't get as big as normal this year but I'll have to find some pink ones too !!!

Mary Ellen said...

Oh my gosh I never thought a Lunas would survive our Colorado weather!!

So nice to meet another Colorado blogger! did you feel the earthquake we had last night? I live relatively near where it originated and the noise was tremendous along with the bed feeling like it was going to fly out the window any second!

bee blessed
mary

Beth said...

Love your Morning Glories - my sister's blog "Four Hils of Squash" has featured morning glories too - sure are lovely!

Deebi27 said...

Holy Smoke, you blooms are just fabulous!!! My husband and I pick Hibicus each year, because he won't just cut them back. This year he picked them out on his own and they have't done so well :o( Next year, I am picking and I am going for the REALLY big bloomers and I will cut them back and cross my fingers for the returning beauties!

☆☆Mumsy said...

Fantastic flowers! The hibiscus is super pretty, and I love how your morning glory flowers are all tamed, and sculptured.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Your flowers look fantastic. I live in Colorado and would have never thought about hibiscus! Awesome!

Rosemary said...

Suzanne Your hibiscus is gorgeous , have one in my garden that does add that tropic look ... but my fav of the flowers in your post, I love your morning glories, the way you have trained them up the teepees the wonderful colours....then the brightness of the sunflower, your garden is so appealling.

Jean said...

Amazing photos, Suzanne! I love the hibiscus half open too. Great morning glory shots!