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Hibiscus Syriacus Purple Pillar is a new variety of deciduous hardy hibiscus with an exotic edge. It is named for its colour and its columnar habit as it grows in a vertical pillar with plenty of height and little spread.
Semi double flowers bloom on this exceptional cultivar of hibiscus. They burst out in late summer to early autumn, filling the border with colour just as the summer displays are fading. The colours are a showy purple-pink with a darker insert and a white heart. They grow along the length of the stems attracting pollinators with their open centres and mild scent. Leaves are a bright mid-green with feathered edges that set off the pinky-purple shade to perfection. Hibiscus Purple Pillar will grow to around 2 metres with just a 60 cm spread. It grows quickly and strongly in places where space is limited.
How Hardy Is Hibiscus Syriacus Purple Pillar This is a hardy hibiscus that can withstand sub-zero temperatures if its feet are kept from pooled water. It is drought-tolerant and able to bounce back year after year with little care.
How To Use Hibiscus Syriacus Purple Pillar This is a perfect choice for the back of a flower border, particularly snug narrow borders, as it takes up little width. Height is easily controlled with pruning, and you can under-plant it with perennials or flowering shrubs as it doesn’t create a thick, dense shade.
Grown as a colourful screen for summer it can disguise an unsightly shed, wall or fence line. Alternatively it is attractive when mingled with a hedge for wildlife friendly colour and nectar. Hibiscus Syriacus Purple Pillar also grows well in a container on the patio with an obelisk or trellis, or against a pergola. Anywhere that needs height without spread is a perfect situation.
How To Care For Hibiscus Syriacus Purple Pillar Hibiscus Purple Pillar is an easy to maintain tolerant shrub that will grow in all soils of any pH, but it does best in full sun with moist well-drained soil. Thickly mulch the roots with well rotted manure in early spring for the best flower display.
If you want height, let your Hibiscus Syriacus Purple Pillar grow without pruning, as it will keep an upright tidy manner without any care, but to maintain a shorter, bushier plant simply trim out the leader stem and prune back hard in late spring.
If you need a summer screening plant with plenty of height, but you’re short of garden space Purple Pillar is the perfect pick. Its stunning semi-double flowers and lush greenery covers all manner of sins without demanding time and effort. It’s a real garden friend that will be appreciated by novices and experienced gardeners alike.