The Painted Lady is a member of the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Malvaceae) family and is prized for its large rosy-pink blossoms with dark red throats and central protrusions of pistils and stamens. This sun-loving shrub hails originally from China and is ideal for both in-ground and container planting. Once you bring home your Painted Lady, take good care of it so that it blooms vigorously.
Position the hibiscus in a sunny location. If you don’t have a location that receives full sun, place this sun-lover in an area of your yard or patio that receives as much afternoon sun as possible.
Water the Painted Lady deeply and slowly. Hibiscus roots do not thrive when they are soggy, so allow enough time between watering to allow the roots to dry. Water until the soil is wet to about 8 to 12 in. deep. When the top 5 to 6 in. of soil are dry, it’s time to water again. If it’s possible to use a drip irrigation system, that method is most ideal for garden plants. Once the plants are established and several years old, it’s possible to space the watering schedule to every 7 to 10 days, using the soil as a guide. Container plants may require more frequent watering, particularly when the weather is warm.