Late summer belongs to the Mallow family. They grow from the tropics to the desert and there's a good chance you have a member of this plant family in your yard whether you know it or not.
Redvein Indian Mallow Abutilon striatum
The golf-ball-sized, pendulous flowers of this tropical plant attract bumblebees and decorate the branches throughout the summer and early fall.
Chater's Double Hollyhock Alcea rosea 'Chater's Double'
Hollyhocks are an easily recognized perennial that can reach heights of 7 feet.
Marsh Mallow Althea officinalis
Marshmallow sweets were once made from the root extract of this plant.
Anne Arundel Hardy Hibiscus Hibiscus 'Anne Arundel'
This is an easy-to-grow, cold-hardy hibiscus with pink flowers the size of a small plate.
Fireball Hibiscus Hibiscus 'Fireball'
The large, gorgeous flowers of this perennial can give your garden a nice tropical look.
Disco Bell Mix Hibiscus Hibiscus 'Disco Bell Mix'
This is our largest flowered hibiscus in the garden. Its flowers can be larger than a dinner plate and its leaves and roots were once used to treat dysentery, lung ailments and bladder inflammation.
Kopper King Hibiscus Hibiscus 'Kopper King'
The large white flowers contrast nicely against the copper-red, maple-shaped leaves.
Southern Hibiscus Hibiscus coccineus
Native to the southeast United States, it can grow up to ten feet tall.
The Rose of Sharon ( Hibiscus syriacus ) has been cultivated in Europe since the 16th century. Red Butte Garden has some striking cultivars displayed in various locations within the Garden.
Hibiscus syriacus 'Diana'
Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Satin'
Hibiscus syriacus 'Pink Giant'
Hibiscus syriacus 'Notwood Two'
Munro's Globemallow Sphaeralcea munroana
This beautiful native grows to two feet tall and attracts native pollinators.
Desert Globemallow Sphaeralcea coccinea
This handsome native grows low and likes sandy soil.
Cheeses Mallow Malva neglecta
And finally, we all recognize this one. It pops up in our gardens, flower beds and lawn. Its deep tap root can sometimes prove very difficult to remove.
Before the Garden dresses in its fall coat, come take a stroll and enjoy the hibiscus and other mallows that are putting on a show.
Photos by Kathy Ariss, Sarah Sandoval and Jason Baker