During my visit to The Hibiscus Garden of Kuala Lumpur last month, I have come across a dwarf variety of the Hibiscus tilaceus. What I like about this plant is the changing colours of the flowers and the compact size that can fit into our small gardens.
Last year I have posted about the Hibiscus tilaceus that grows to a small tree at the rooftop Secret Garden of 1-Utama here.
This month-end of August is special because in Malaysia, we are having a double celebration of our Independence Day and also Hari Raya or Eid-ul-Fitr. Hence, I shall be posting about the Hibiscus family of plants for Aug 2011. I think this is most appropriate because the common name for Hibiscus is "Bunga Raya" in Malay, our national language. It means "Big, Grand" and "Celebration".
“Hibiscus tilaceus dwarf - A Beach Hibiscus with Colour Changing Flowers”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on August 6th, 2011.
Origin: Coast of Western Pacific and Indian oceans
The insect above is a Katydid - thanks to information provided by Star Leaf.
In the morning, the flower opens yellow with a dark maroon eye. As it gets warmer later in the day, it changes colour to a dull orange.
The flowers last only a day but because they open at different timing, you may be able to see all three colours on the same tree the same day.
Here at the Hibiscus Garden of Kuala Lumpur, they have grown it into a compact bush as a border plant. I'm sure you can also grow in as a specimen tree or in a container. Normally, H. tilaceus can grow into a 10m tall small tree but this dwarf variety is no more than 1m tall.
Grow in full sun in sandy but moist soil. Propagation is by seeds and cuttings.
Would you like to grow it in your garden?
In conjunction with Bom's birthday celebration in July 2011, he is holding a contest closing date today, the link is here. His blog, Plant Chaser turns 1 tomorrow, August 7th, 2011.
This is also my entry for Today Flowers, the link is here.
May all your dreams come true.