Plant Combination #12089→'jazzberry jam' hibiscus

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Name: John
Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a)
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Apr 5, 2021 10:01 PM CST
After living in my then-new home for a couple of months... this hardy Hibiscus was the first plant I bought to put in ground. Not normally a Hibiscus enthusiast, I was attracted to its unusual foliage... the leaves had a unique arrowhead-like shape and were tinged with red. And I loved the deep red blooms... they were much darker than other varieties.
It put on its best show yet on July 5, 2020... I'm hoping for more of the same this summer.
Catmint is a whole different story. An Englishwoman who had recently moved to Oklahoma City came to the nursery and bought about a dozen hybrid tea roses. A short time later she came back and wanted a couple of flats of 4 inch pots... containing 'Six Hills Giant' Catmint. She told me it was traditional in her part of England to underplant roses, particularly hybrid tea roses, with Catmint to hide the roses' bare lower stems. The nice thing about the blooms was that their color complimented any other flower color near them. That was sage advice... and I've enjoyed applying it in all the years since... because this rule applies to other leggy plants as well as roses.

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