Anisodontea x hypomadara
This South African shrub grows quickly into a rounded shape about 4 ft. tall and wide, with small, lobed, bright green leaves. Notable for profuse production of inch-wide, dark-veined, pink to purple dark-eyed blooms resembling miniature hollyhocks; flowers come throughout warm weather, year-round in mildest climates. Good for borders and large containers. Sometimes sold as a single-trunk standard or “patio tree.”
Hybrids include ‘Slightly Strawberry’, a compact grower (just 2–3 ft. tall and half as wide), with silvery green foliage and bright pink flowers; ‘Tara’s Wonder’, an open grower to 6 ft. tall and wide, with narrowly lobed leaves and very large dark pink flowers; and ‘Tara’s Pink’, a bushy plant with widely lobed leaves and light pink blossoms.
Give it well-drained soil. In an informal landscape, it complements plants with similar needs, such as Jerusalem sage, Mexican bush sage, sea lavender, westringia, and yarrow.
A clump of upright 1 1/2-ft.-tall stems is topped by a tuft of broad leaves and, in late summer, loose...
Grows 6 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide. White flowers with pink-blushed edges; single and late.