Gardening in San Jose, California -- USDA Zone 9b, Sunset Zone 16.
Two years ago we had a Hibiscus rosa-sinensis "Brilliant" growing
against the northeast wall of our house. We did some remodeling. We
put in a new window, so all the plants had to come out. Then I had to
grind out an old tree stump, and do some drainage work. It's time to
put back the landscaping.
We'd like another H. rosa-sinensis, the same size (the old one was
over 6 feet tall and wide) or larger (I might like to , and of equal
hardiness. The new hibiscus won't be in exactly the same place as the
old one. We're re-planting towards the corner of the house, where it
will get a bit more sun -- but I'm confident that the location differs
little from the one occupied by the previous plant.
Now, my wife has decided that she would prefer a double, yellow
hibiscus to the single, red "Brilliant". (And she is in fact pickier
than that -- I've shown her pictures of many double-yellows that she
rejects.) I surveyed a few local nurseries for plants. There are
seven varieties available locally, none of which are double yellow.
The Sunset Western Garden Book says that there are thousands of named
varieties, and I found a nice database of these at <http://
db.lonestarahs.com>. The database is amazing. But I can't determine
which of these varieties I would be likely to find for sale in the
I would place an order for one with my local nursery, if only I knew
what to order!
Any advice is appreciated.
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