Southern Florida is alive with hibiscus blooms of every imaginable jelly bean color. Now, in my own northern garden, I tend to stay true to the native or at least native-appearing plants. I’ve never been a fan of the outdoor palm placed next to the tiki bar in a Minnesota backyard.
Now, a hibiscus almost works in a Minnesota yard. Like a hollyhocks fancy cousin.
In addition to the stunning little jewel-like flowers, the plants have a nice shape to them and the leaves are not unlike many that you see on Zone 4 shrubbery.
There are winter-hardy hibiscus available to us. For a long-time, only pink, white and yellow ere available, but that has changed in recent years. Bachman’s has a lot of good info here on hardy hibiscus.
They also look great in your hair and are striking little cut flowers.