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Summerific® 'All Eyes on Me' Rose Mallow

Hibiscus hybrid

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Summerific® 'All Eyes on Me' Rose Mallow

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Introducing the Summerific® 'All Eyes on Me' Rose Mallow, a Hibiscus hybrid that demands attention in any garden setting. This stunning perennial plant combines the best of both worlds with its manageable size and the dramatic impact of its flowers. Adaptable to part sun to full sun exposures, it thrives through the summer season, showcasing its beauty when many other plants start to fade.

The 'All Eyes on Me' Rose Mallow reaches a mature size of 3 feet 6 inches in both height and spread, creating a well-rounded, mounded habit that is as elegant as it is vigorous. Despite its relatively compact size, it does not skimp on the display, producing massive, 8-inch blushing pink blooms that cover the plant from the top down. These blooms are not only a visual feast but also a beacon for bees and hummingbirds, enriching the biodiversity of your garden. Additionally, its resistance to deer makes it a practical choice for a variety of landscapes.

Hardy in zones 4 through 9, this Rose Mallow is versatile and resilient, able to withstand the average annual extreme minimum temperature expected in these zones. This makes it a perennial favorite that will return year after year, offering spectacular blooms from mid-summer through early fall. Its dark green leaves provide a striking contrast to the pink flowers, creating a lush backdrop for the vibrant blooms.

Plant Attributes

The Summerific® 'All Eyes on Me' Rose Mallow is distinguished by its captivating attributes that make it a standout choice for gardeners seeking both beauty and resilience in a perennial plant. This Hibiscus hybrid marvels with its massive, 8-inch blooms that adorn the plant from top to bottom, casting a spell of blushing pink over a lush background of dark green foliage. Not only does its bloom size impress, but its well-rounded habit reaches a harmonious symmetry at 3 feet 6 inches in height and spread, providing a significant visual impact in a compact form.

Hardy across a wide range of zones, from 4 through 9, this Rose Mallow is built to thrive under varying climatic conditions, from the cooler edges of its hardiness range to the warmer zones. Its adaptability to part sun to full sun exposure allows it to flourish in a variety of garden settings, ensuring a vibrant display of flowers from mid-summer through early fall. Moreover, the plant's foliage, characterized by a striking dark green, almost black color, adds depth and contrast to its pink floral display, enhancing its visual appeal throughout the growing season.

Beyond its beauty, 'All Eyes on Me' is a practical addition to the garden, attracting bees and hummingbirds while resisting deer, thus contributing to the ecosystem without becoming a target for common garden pests. It is a bog plant, indicating its preference for moist, well-drained soils, yet it remains relatively easy to care for, requiring average to fertile soil conditions and a maintenance routine that emphasizes watering and mulching for optimal growth and bloom production.

Landscape Use

The Summerific® 'All Eyes on Me' Rose Mallow, a striking Hibiscus hybrid, is not only a visual delight with its massive, blushing pink blooms but also serves multiple landscaping purposes due to its versatility and stunning appearance. Here are the landscaping uses for this captivating plant:

  • Border Planting: With its well-rounded habit and size of 3 feet 6 inches in both height and spread, it creates a magnificent and dense border that adds a pop of color and texture to garden edges.
  • Landscape Specimen or Focal Point: Due to its eye-catching, large pink flowers and dark, almost black foliage, it serves as an excellent specimen or focal point in the landscape, drawing attention wherever it is planted.
  • Pollinator Garden: This Rose Mallow is highly attractive to bees and hummingbirds, making it an ideal choice for gardens designed to support pollinators and enhance biodiversity.
  • Water Garden or Bog Plant Setting: Given its preference for moist, well-drained soils, it is perfectly suited for water garden surroundings or boggy areas, where it can thrive and provide lush, vibrant greenery and blooms.
  • Container Gardening: Its mounded habit and striking appearance make it suitable for large containers, where it can be the central "thriller" element, surrounded by "filler" and "spiller" plants to create dynamic and attractive container displays.
  • Mixed Perennial Beds: Integrating 'All Eyes on Me' into mixed perennial beds can elevate the overall aesthetic of the garden, with its large blooms providing contrast against other perennials in terms of size, color, and texture.
  • Wildlife Garden: Beyond attracting pollinators, its resistance to deer makes it a valuable addition to wildlife gardens, where it contributes beauty without becoming a feeding ground for deer.

The Summerific® 'All Eyes on Me' Rose Mallow is truly versatile, fitting seamlessly into a variety of garden styles from traditional to contemporary, and even in naturalistic or wildlife-friendly garden designs. Its ease of care, coupled with its dramatic visual appeal, ensures that it can fulfill multiple roles in the landscape, enhancing the beauty and ecological value of the garden.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the Summerific® 'All Eyes on Me' Rose Mallow, a striking Hibiscus hybrid, is straightforward, ensuring that gardeners of all levels can enjoy its stunning blooms and lush foliage. Here's how to ensure this perennial thrives in your garden:

Planting Instructions:

  • Timing: Plant in the spring or early fall to allow the plant time to establish before the extremes of summer heat or winter cold.
  • Location: Choose a spot that receives part sun to full sun (4-6 hours of direct sunlight minimum) to encourage optimal blooming.
  • Soil: Ensure the soil is well-draining but moist. Although this plant is adaptable, it prefers a slightly acidic soil pH.
  • Spacing: Space plants approximately 42 inches apart to allow for their mature spread of 3 feet 6 inches.
  • Planting Depth: Plant at the same depth as the pot they are grown in, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface.

Care Instructions:

  • Watering: Water regularly to keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry spells. This plant enjoys moist conditions but does not like to be waterlogged.
  • Mulching: Apply a generous layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain soil moisture and regulate soil temperature.
  • Fertilizing: Feed with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to encourage vigorous growth and abundant flowering.
  • Pruning: Deadheading is not necessary for continued blooming but removing spent flowers can improve the plant's appearance. In spring, cut back any remaining stems before new growth appears, but do not prune in fall.
  • Winter Care: Mulch heavily in the first winter to protect the plant in colder zones. Hibiscus can be late to emerge in spring, so patience is key.
  • Pest and Disease Management: This plant is relatively disease-resistant but watch for common garden pests. Its deer resistance is a notable advantage in many gardens.

Additional Tips:

  • Heat of Summer: Planting before the heat of summer arrives gives the plant a chance to establish its root system, leading to healthier growth and more robust blooms.
  • Late Emergence: Be advised that Hibiscus is often one of the last perennials to emerge in the spring. If you think it's dead, give it time; it is likely still alive and will show vigorous growth once it starts.
  • Soil Moisture: Keeping the soil moist is crucial, especially in hot weather or if the plant is grown in containers.

By following these planting and care instructions, your Summerific® 'All Eyes on Me' Rose Mallow will be a vibrant and thriving addition to your garden, offering stunning visual appeal and a welcoming environment for pollinators.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Requires consistent moisture; ensure well-drained soil to prevent waterlogging.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: HY-bis-kus HY-brid
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Vigorous
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a mature height and spread of 3'6", forming a well-rounded, mounded habit.
  • Special features: Attracts bees and hummingbirds, deer resistant, suitable for bog planting, native to North America.
  • Dramatic Foliage: Dark green leaves that provide a striking contrast to the pink flowers.
  • Foliage color: Dark green to almost black
  • Blooms: Mid-summer through early fall
  • Flower color: Pink
  • Flower attributes: Large, showy flowers up to 8 inches in diameter.
  • Garden style: Suitable for a variety of garden styles including borders, landscapes, and as specimen or focal points.
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for adding a splash of color to sunny borders or as a standout container plant. Its large, showy blooms make it a focal point in any garden setting. Can be used to create a dramatic and vibrant landscape effect when mass-planted. Perfect for attracting wildlife and adding interest to water garden surroundings.
  • Companion Plants: Complements a wide range of plants, especially those with contrasting foliage or flower colors, such as ornamental grasses, echinacea, and rudbeckia, enhancing biodiversity and visual interest in the garden.

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