Summer Carnival

The variegated hardy hibiscus, H. ‘Summer Carnival’ has looked outstanding all summer. This Hans Hansen creation has both variegated leaves and flower buds. We’ve had these in the garden since 2017, and they continue to excel. Moist to wet soils and full sun are ideal, but they handle short term drought just fine. Hardiness is Zone 4a-9b.

Hibiscus ‘Summer Carnival’

10 thoughts on “Summer Carnival”

  1. Katherine Wagner-Reiss

    Very attractive! How often do you see both the leaves and the sepals of a plant being variegated? Would this imply two mutations, one for the leaf and one for the sepals? Thank you, your daily e-mails are always beautiful and informative.

  2. The leaves on this seem more finely textured compared to “Hibiscus mutabilis ‘Gold Splash’.” Is Hans working on crossing Summer Carnival with Gold Splash?

        1. When your goals are compact, well branched plants with maximum winter hardiness and early flowering times, using a tree-like species with no flowers before late October, and a Zone 7b/8a winter hardiness would take you completely in the wrong direction. A breeding program in the deep south, however, could indeed benefit from such a cross, but only if H. moschetus and H. mutabilis would easily cross, which they will not.

  3. A stunning specimen! I can´t wait for this variety to be released in europe… Talking about variegated flower buds, have you ever tried sowing seeds from variegated pods? I´d be intrested to know if any of the seedlings retain stable variegation!

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