These flowers are bigger than my hand.
I was told it was a hibiscus, but I have no idea what kind. I went online to try to identify it and some of the images I found of Swamp Mallow looked the same. A lovely name.
It seems there's two types of hibiscus we can grow here in Zone 6. One is a shrub- Althea or Rose of Sharon- and the other is a hardy perennial that dies back to the ground every winter. That's what we've got.
The buds look like this
and the flowers last only a day or so before they fall off, but just as many are opening as the others drop.
Swamp Mallow can also be called Rose Mallow, which I think I prefer. More flattering, don't you think?
We've got a second plant near the lower vegetable garden, but it's more shaded and doesn't grow as big. I think I'll move it to a sunnier spot for next year.
I hope you all had a beautiful weekend!