I guess if we can't have rain showers, we'll just have to be temporarily satisfied with 'Sun Showers'. Kinda purty, ain't it?
I purchased this tropical hibiscus two winters ago and this summer I decided to plant it in the ground instead of keeping it in a pot. Good move! Just this past week, it bloomed for the first time ever. The blooms are huge and the color is a luscious shade of red/orange/yellow/pink with 'showers' of yellow sun speckling its edges. And when this bloom is done, there are two more in the works.
I'll be potting it up for the winter in a few weeks and it will be kept in the greenhouse in the basement until next spring, when I'll plant it out again. I have a Chinese lantern type also, which bloomed once, but I failed to snap a photo of it. It too was pretty, but the bloom was much smaller on that one.
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Sun Showers'
Light: Full sun
Growth rate: Fast
Water requirements: Keep evenly moist, but don't overwater
Fertilize monthly during bloom season with a general purpose plant food