One of the reasons we recommend getting out to local nurseries is to find what they happen to receive. Even when we to g…

 

One of the reasons we recommend getting out to local nurseries is to find what they happen to receive. Even when we to go to big box stores & for whatever reason we do, we make it a point to visit their garden department. A quick peek around satisfies our curiosity, however much to our surprise this time… we found something that really caught our eyes. Let’s start with the botanical name, Alyogyne (say it like al-yo-GHEE-nee), a relative of Hibiscus from Australia. 🦘 Some folks in the low desert urban landscapes of Arizona are familiar with the Lilac Hibiscus (A. huegelii). Even fewer probably know of Hakea-leaf Hibiscus (A. hakeifolia), which has narrowly linear foliage. What we found is a cultivated hybrid of each, a compact cultivar at that, with very interesting, deeply dissected foliage. 😮🤓 This is called ‘Elektra Blue’ Hibiscus, though the official registration of the plant patent calls it ‘HUTWOW’. We are very interested as to how well this will work out here. Information suggests an approximate mature size of about 6 feet tall by 5 feet wide, which is a very nice size for screening local perimeter block walls (which are often 6 feet tall). The width is always a concern in planning plants effectively, though of course height is important, too. This is similar in size to another popular Aussie, the Valentine Emu (Eremophila maculata ‘Valentine’), which among others are notoriously sheared using hedge trimmers. Sorry if this is repetitious, but by taking into account the mature size of the flora in relation to the site intended, you can determine if you’ll even want to trim it. Don’t install a 5 foot diameter shrub 2 feet from the sidewalk & then feel compelled to chop it back. If it gets 5 feet wide, install at least 3 feet (on-center) from boundaries. Let them make the flowers, like these big, blue beauties! 🌺😍 . . . . . #alyogyne #alyogyneelektrablue #alyogynehutwow #bluehibiscus #coolfind #aussieinaz #maturesize #sizematters #protip #instagramaz #ig_arizona #arizonamonsoon #lowdesert #zone9b #arizona #landscapeconsultation #lowmaintenance #landscapes #lomalandscapes

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