The Grill-Meister and I named our home Glover Gardens for many reasons. One is that we really enjoy a visit to the nursery to enhance our landscape, and sometimes, we choose plants we’ve never seen before. That’s how we found Mahogany Splendor, which is a variety of hibiscus. The leaves look like pot leaves, and the flowers are bright red. The leaves and flowers together make a really nice red accent in the landscape, and we adored this plant, which grew much larger than its public relations office says it will. It had a place of honor behind the pool, elbowing the Golden Dewdrop aside for its place in the sun. (Pictures from multiple blooming years.)
The blooms grow right on the stalk and are large, velvety and bright red.
While Mahogany Splendor can be a perennial plant in our growing zone just northwest of Houston, we lost ours after more than 5 years of beauty in the big freeze of 2021. It is frozen behind the pool in the picture below.
I’m an eternal optimist and would have planted a Mahogany Splendor again in a heartbeat, but I haven’t been able to find it at local nurseries.
It just occurred to me last week to try seeds.
So I ordered them online.
And planted them yesterday.
I’m so excited! They should sprout in 3-5 days.
The back of the pool really misses that red accent.
I hope the Mahogany Splendor will be arm-wrestling with the Golden Dewdrop behind the pool for its rightful place by the fall. Interestingly, the bloom pictures I have in my collection are all from the month of November, in several different years, so I don’t think I’m too late in my planting for us to see some splendor this year.
We’ll keep you posted!
How is your garden growing?
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