Hibiscus syriacus Purple Ruffles ('Sanchoyo')
- Position: full sun
- Soil: humus-rich, moist but well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: August to October
- Flower colour: purple-pink
- Other features: lobed, dark green leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Large, purplish-pink flowers, with a neat swirl of smaller petals in the centre, create an air of the exotic when they appear from late summer to mid autumn. Valuable for adding colour to the garden when many other plants have faded, this tree hollyhock makes an excellent specimen plant for a sheltered, sunny border. As it tends not to leaf up until late spring, it is best planted towards the back of the border and underplanted with spring flowering bulbs and perennials.
- Garden care: To encourage a bushy habit prune young plants hard in late spring. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Once established it requires little if any regular pruning.
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