If you’re looking for a plant with an impressive, exotic, trumpet-like flower in a wide range of colors and sizes, you can’t go wrong with a Hibiscus—there are over 200 species and many more cultivars and hybrids in the genus.
Tropical hibiscus varieties (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) are perfect if you live in a warm climate or want an impressive houseplant. For those living in cooler parts of North America, opting for a hardy variety or the shrubby rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), which are both easier to grow and can withstand colder winter temperatures, will be the better choice. Regardless of variety, hibiscus flowers are very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
While all hibiscus have similarities that go beyond appearance, they have some distinct care and growing requirements.