Gardening:Growing Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus is one of the best late summer flowering shrubs you can grow. Coming in a variety of colors from white to blue, red to pink they do best in Zones 5 to 9.
These small trees/shrubs can be trained to take a variety of forms. Although they grow naturally as a multi-stemmed clump, you can train them to look like a tree in the first two or three years. They should be pruned each year in early spring to promote bigger blooms and a healthier plant.
The flowers do produce a lot of seeds and you will find small plants coming up in the garden all summer. This would be one of the drawbacks of this plant. The other negative is that the plant gets very tall if you do not prune it so it should not be placed in an area where it might block to much light. One suggestion would be to put them along the front of your house near the front so the passersby can enjoy them from the street and you can see them from your favorite window.
The plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds and add a great splash of late summer color when other plants have already bloomed.
The plant loves well drained soil and abundant sunshine. If you plant them in too much shade they tend to lean and can get a fungus.
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