Located right next to the Orchid Garden within Kuala Lumpur's Lake Gardens, the Hibiscus Garden or Taman Bunga Raya is dedicated to Malaysia's national flower Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, known in Malay as Bunga Raya. There are many specimens representing different varieties of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis throughout the garden, as well as a rather odd fountain in the shape of giant red Hibiscus flowers. However, for some reason at the time of my visit few of the garden's namesake plants were actually flowering much. The place was lovely anyway, however, because it makes use of a plethora of other flowering plants besides the Bunga Raya as well as some interesting design features.
A double-flowered orange cultivar of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
If coming from the adjacent Orchid Garden, one enters Hibiscus Garden through a curved downward path lined with red-flowered Hibiscus rosa-sinensis standards. This leads one to a plaza of sorts at the foot of a small hillock, which is also the location of the aforementioned strange fountain. Broad steps lead up the hillock to a level space planted with beds of Hibiscus. A courtyard of sorts, it is enclosed on three sides by a small house, an open, creeper-clad pavilion, and a long, curving pergola connecting the two.
The ascent up the hill
The interior of the pavilion with its bubbling fountains
Allamanda violacea, one of the many flowering vines in the garden
View towards the pavilion from under the pergola
Anthuriums and Bromeliads being cutivated under the pergola
Another even longer pergola curves around the foot of the hill. Unlike the other one, which is draped mainly in pale blue and white Thunbergia grandiflora, this arbor is graced with the vivid yellow and orange inflorescences of Bauhinia kockiana. It leads to the other, somewhat steeper side of the hill, where a number of fountains as well as a collection of Bougainvilleas are set amongst lush tropical foliage.
View up the hill towards the pavilion
One of the water features
On the whole, this small theme garden within the huge tract of park land that is Lake Gardens offers a great deal of visual interest even if the species to which it is ostensibly dedicated might put on a better show elsewhere. Secluded and quiet, even in comparison with other parts of Lake Gardens, it also makes a great spot for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city for a little bit.