We removed the bush under our front window over spring break and replaced it with a 4 inch stump of a hibiscus plant. It's a hardy variety bred to survive our winters.
It didn't seem to do much for about a month and then we noticed little green shoots. Those little shoots grew like crazy, and now we have three- 3.5 foot stems. Before we left for vacation they were loaded with blossom buds. They began opening while we were gone. This is how the front of the house currently looks.
The hibiscus is actually supposed to become a bush about 4 feet high and fill in the space with green leaves and beautiful red flowers. Can't wait for that. Until then, these huge blossoms make the little plant look somewhat top heavy! I hope it really does survive our winters. A tiny piece of a Hawaiian vacation in our front yard would be nice.