The fight against the Japanese Beetles is ongoing and they are winning I fear.
The Lord Baltimore Hibiscus has it leaves full of holes and the beetles love chewing their way into the buds and blooms.
Other than the beetles it is almost maintenance free.
I love its bright red dinner plate or 10 inch blooms. The blooms are so large that the leaves look small in comparison.
A hardy perennial shrub in zones 5 to 9 it grows to about 4 to 5 feet in height at maturity. If it is allowed to grow that is. My poor hibiscus has been moved around several times over the years whenever I decided to redo some beds or think it might look better in some other spot. I know I am the only gardener that does this though. Right? LOL!
It is adaptable to all types of soil conditions and does stand up to drier conditions than some other hibiscus. It will bloom from late July through August in our area of zone 5.
I saw another hibiscus breed by the same brothers this summer at the Lilyfest, ‘Lady Baltimore’ .
Rose Mallow, Hibiscus Lady Baltimore
Lady Baltimore is also good in zones 5 to 9, grows from 3 to 4 feet in height but likes rich soil and wet conditions and needs mulching in winter. I loved her smaller pink blooms with deep rose eyes but it may not do as well in my location because of the soil and water requirements .
As beautiful as it is it may just be worth an effort to test it in my garden or a large container.