Hibiscus syriacus 'Oiseau Bleu'
Common name: Rose of Sharon, Korean rose
Hibiscus syriacus ‘Oiseau Bleu’ or ‘Blue Bird’, with its large trumpet-shaped violet-blue flowers and burgundy centres, has been planted as a loose hedge on the periphery of the Meditation Garden. It starts blooming in mid-summer and goes until mid-fall. Each flower lasts a day. It is native to China but was widely introduced elsewhere in the world and was collected from gardens in Syria, hence the species name. It is also the national flower of Korea, and our shrubs at the entrance to the Meditation Garden nod across the path to the Korean Garden.
Flower photo: Ulf Eliasson, CC BY-SA 3.0