A staple in many Florida landscapes. The hibiscus flower is large and showy and bloom for most months of the year. It seems that they like a fair amount of water, not a problem for most Florida summers when the rain is frequent. During the dry months, just make sure your irrigation system is functioning properly. Of course fertilizing on a regular schedule is needed.
There are many varieties available. In fact, many areas have a hibiscus club or group that meets regularly to promote the plant. These groups sometimes sponsor a show or sale of the plants.
The flowers don’t last very long on the bush; a few days at best. We often cut a few flowers and bring them in the house. Just put the stems in a small vase filled with water. The blooms only last a day inside. One warning: check the flowers for ants and small bugs before you bring them in. The little critters hide in the folds of the blossoms.
We have had a bit of a pest problem with one of our hibiscus plants: mealybugs started living on the branches. I sprayed them with the pesticide Talstar and they went away. In some cases, cutting off the infected area is necessary.
The shrub does grow fast and needs an occasional trim.