18 December, 2013

Buttery yellow Hibiscus tiliaceus

by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

When my old camera died, I was after the luminous buttery yellow flowers of Hibiscus tiliaceus. Years later our small tree has rediscovered flowering.

Hibiscus tiliaceus bud in our Elephant's Eye garden

Chosen for the leaves with Pam @ Digging. A perfect heart. With a bonus discovered in my garden – the leaves fade to autumn glory year round. The leaf buds come out in a velvety deep burgundy. Growing into glowing green hearts. As the leaves mature the green slowly fades, and the leaves turn. Yellow, gold, amber, orange, red – the darker veins snaking across the paler surface.