What's New At VEG!?!
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UPLOADED WEEK OF July 1

Five beautiful new photos of our really gorgeous hibiscus were taken by Brynn Lee on Thursday, July 6, during one of our weekly workdays, which are every Monday and Thursday.  You can come out and find master gardeners working on these days and bring us those questions that bother you so...about those things you just have to know.  We'll be glad to answer what we can or help you find an answer.

Or, just come out and enjoy the garden any day from dawn to dusk.  Notice all the beautiful areas which are suitable for holding your next party or event.  You may want to come out and scope out what the garden has in the way of foliage and blooms during different times of the year if you are planning a wedding or other special event.

Below you will see descriptions of some tropical hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis cultivars.

The humongous perennial or hardy hibiscus are also a sight to feast your eyes on. 

Come on out and see if you can distinguish between the tropical and hardy hibiscus at VEG.
Hibiscus 'Peppermint Flare'
This beautiful white hibiscus, with touches of the original 'Flare' color was developed by plantsman, Greg Grant.  It is a sport of the 'Flare' hibiscus which was hybridized by a Tennessee hybridizer, who thought the 'Flare' color was a bit too bright...like one of the flares you might put out on the side of the road.  The original 'Flare' was tested by the Texas Superstar Program and became a superstar in 1998.
 
The 'Peppermint Flare' sport was introduced as Texas Superstar in 2010 along with the 'Pink Flare.'  The 'Peppermint Flare' and 'Pink Flare' were actually tested in VEG before it was introduced in 2010.  It has proven to be a bright addition to our hot, Texas gardens and is a hardy or perennial hibiscus.  That means that it will die back each winter when it freezes in our area and return again each year from its hardy root system.

Notice it blooming at the edge of the Tropical Garden, just across from the Cathedral Gazebo out at VEG.  Come see this beautiful, bright Texas Superstar.
The humongous, Hibiscus 'Lord Baltimore' is a stand-out in the Texas Superstar bed at VEG.  You can see this glaring red 'Lord Baltimore' as soon as you approach VEG from the south side.  Drive on around and enter on the North side of VEG to take in all the spendour of these beautiful hibiscus and many more.

The 'Lord Baltimore' was also designated a Texas Superstar in 1998.  Since that time the 'Pink Lady Baltimore' has also been introduced.  This hardy hibiscus has the leaves that look more like a tropical hibiscus, but was hybridized from the Hibiscus moscheutos, which is a perennial.  It will also die back each year and come back to grow to about 4 feet high in full sun.

Other Hibiscus moscheutos cultivars include these: 'Lady Baltimore',  'Disco Belle', 'Luna Red', 'Luna Blush' and many others in the Luna Series,  'Kopper King',
This is a typical cultivar of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis.  There are hundreds of different species, hybrids and cultivars of Tropical Hibiscus to choose from.  What a beautiful photo.  You can find other tropical hibiscus in the tropical garden around the koi pond at VEG. There are various shades of red, yellow and orange.
Here is a lovely reddish color tropical hibiscus growing in the tropical garden.  What makes this one unique is that the leaves are variegated.  This one just may be Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Snow Queen.'  The tropical hibiscus is often called a Chinese Hibiscus.
Notice this Tropical Hibiscus is a double one.  Many times it is confusing to determine the exact KIND of tropical hibiscus you have, because they are all named Hibiscus rosa-sinensis.  This is confusing, because they are all hybrids of 8 different species and the rosa-sinensis species is probably one of the parents.  When Linnaeus first named the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, he described a double red hibisus.   ~ Here ~ is a link to a story on the Hidden Valley Hibiscus website, describing where all tropical hibiscus came from originally.
If your are really interested in reading about the hybridizing of hibiscus, there is a great article, "Hibiscus--Without A Net" written by Sam Andrews for the American Hibiscus Society Members HERE ~  Sam Andrews is a member of Baldwin County Master Gardeners in Alabama.  His article includes what he learned in an interview with Dr. Sam McFadden, a retired professor at the University of Florida- Gainesville, who spent much of his career focused on plant breeding. During that time, he specialized in hybridizing hibiscus, crape myrtles and roses. One of his hibiscus creations while at the University of Florida is 'Flare'.
~ HERE ~ is another link to an article written by Dr. Jerry Parson in 2002 and updated in 2005 and 2007.  It includes some things learned from Dr. McFadden about his study of hibiscus, etc.
NEW THINGS AT VEG photos are by Brynn Lee.  Thanks for looking.  Come out to VEG and see for yourself how many great things there are.
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