Hardy Hibiscus and Hydrangeas

Creek Side plants large bare roots to get the hardy hibiscus crop going in late April.  At the same time, we plant starter hydrangea plants that have been conditioned to take off and flower this year.  Superior plant genetics from Proven Winner on both plant selections helps us to grow large hibiscus and hydrangea bushes that are extremely hardy in Colorado gardens.  Or set the pot into a decorative container on your sunny porch or patio, water the soil every day and stand back while these beautiful plants flower like crazy through the rest of the summer into the fall.  Then plant in your garden in September.  Read about each variety below and stop by the greenhouse to see these beauties for yourself!

Hardy Hibiscus in Colorado prefer full sun to part shade location that will form a compact, upright habit.  Summerific Hibiscus will benefit from regular irrigation and fertilizer applications that will keep the flower buds forming all the way up the stems.  The showy flowers will attract hummingbirds and are deer resistant.

Hibiscus Summerific ‘Cranberry Crush’

Near-black buds open to glossy deep scarlet-red, 7-8” flowers for several months.  Deep green, leathery, maple-like leaves with purple overtones.  Hardiness Zone 4, 4’ tall.

Hibiscus Summerific ‘Berry Awesome’

Dark, midnight olive green foliage with deeply-lobed, maple-like leaves compliments the lavender pink flowers for a showy display up to 3-4 ft. tall.  Huge 7-8” ruffled flowers have a red eye and bloom for several months in late summer.  Hardiness Zone 4, 4’ tall.

Hibiscus Summerific ‘Perfect Storm’

Huge 7-8” white flowers are edged with light pink and a bright red eye that radiates out with the veins.  Complimented with dark foliage up to 3 ft. tall.  Hardiness Zone 4, 3’ tall.

Hydrangeas in Colorado prefer a part shade location that will form an upright mounded habit.  Once established, Panicle Hydrangeas will withstand some drying out of the soil between irrigation applications.  Fertilize in early spring and again in late summer.  Flowers continuously from July until frost on new wood, new growth that is formed in the current season.  Prune in late winter or early spring.

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’

Flowers open creamy white then turn lime green.  In fall as temperatures cool they turn deep pink.  Blooms yearly without fail.  Hardiness Zone 3, 6’ tall.

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Fire Light’

Thick, sturdy stems hold large upright flowers which open white and transform to rich pomegranate-pink.  Hardiness Zone 3, 5’ tall

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Quick Fire’

Early bloomer flowers open white pink and darken as they age.  Blooms reliably each year.  Hardiness Zone 3, 6’ tall.

Hydrangea paniculate ‘Pinky Winky’

Exceptionally large, two-toned blooms emerge pure white and turn an intense deep pinks summer progresses.  Blooms regularly mid-summer till frost.  Hardiness Zone 3, 6’ tall.