The National Garden Bureau has declared 2021 to be the “Year of the Hardy Hibiscus”, and at Assiniboine Park and Zoo we can’t wait to celebrate this vibrant flower all year long. While those of us in Canada are missing travel to tropical locations, the Hibiscus can provide a little tropical flair to our gardens!

Hibiscus is currently in bloom and featured prominently in tropical Toucan Ridge at the Zoo and will be featured in the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden this summer, as well as in the English Garden at the Park.

Although most people would associate hibiscus with the tropics, the Hardy Hibiscus in particular is a wonderful choice for outdoor gardeners in Manitoba. This perennial is a North American species and is capable of surviving our cold winters. Hardy Hibiscus thrives best with consistent watering and full sun. Patience is key as you wait for your hibiscus to bloom. The Hardy Hibiscus could be one of the last plants to bloom in your garden, but it is worth the wait. 

Hibiscus flowers come in colour varieties ranging from white, pink, red, and yellow. Several colour varieties will be on display throughout the Park and Zoo once summer arrives.

Click here to learn more about the Year of Hardy Hibiscus from the National Garden Bureau

Yellow Hibiscus flower