How about growing this: Rose mallow

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Rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos), pink form

Are you longing to have this plant in your garden yet? If not, take a look at this:

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Rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos), white form

These pictures show two individuals of the same species. Hibiscus moscheutos is a beautiful, carefree, native perennial that self seeds readily and pops up in both color forms in my garden year after year. The plants are about 4 to 5 feet tall, and the pink flowers are as large as dinner plates (the red-eyed white ones are about 6″ across). Each flower blooms for only one day, but notice all the buds in the top picture. The spectacle goes on for several weeks, to the delight of pollinators. In the fall, there will be large brown seed capsules filled with BB-shaped black seeds. I try to collect them, but the birds always get most of them.

This is a great back-of-the-border plant. I grow it along with ironweed, a tall Rudbeckia, red milkweed, and perennial sunflowers. The guidebooks all say that it’s a marsh plant, but it does great in my very dry, sandy soil. All it needs is sun.

Give it a try next year!

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