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Rose of Sharon September 26, 2011

Rose of Sharon is my new favorite flowering shrub. I received a seedling from my Aunt last fall and stuck it in the ground. I really didn’t think it would survive since it’s Zone 5 hardy. I put it in my side yard against the fence and prayed. 🙂 The shelter between the fence and the house was enough to protect it. If it could survive last winter, I have no doubt it will be a show-stopper!

It’s in the hibiscus family – one of the reasons I like it. I adore the beautiful blossoms. The other reasons? It’s a late-bloomer (Aug-Sep, but mine’s still going strong and it’s nearly Oct!) and it’s easy care, low-maintenance. This shrub can get 8-10′ tall and 4-6′ wide; perfect for what I wanted which is a bit of living fence privacy between yards.

It grew to about 2 feet tall this year and the blooms are plentiful. I’ve tucked it between my flowering honeysuckle vine and a red trumpet vine, all of which I’ll train to a trellis or wire attached to my fence panels. The oodles of blooms I’ll be able to see from my kitchen window will make me smile and the birds will thank me.

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Do you have a favorite flowering shrub? Share it with me by commenting below (bottom right corner of this post).


5 Responses to “Rose of Sharon”

  1. […] of my favorite fall-blooming shrubs is my Rose of Sharon. It’s easy to grow and will bloom the very first year. It’s hardy in Zones 5-9. In a […]

  2. Diane Says:

    I have one that was my mother’s that is over 15′ tall and very bushy. Absolutely gorgeous in full bloom. My husband and I were married next to it in ’09. I’m wondering when is the best time to prune and what is the max. amount to cut away in one pruning. I’m afraid it will split at the trunk if it gets too heavy with rain or snow and currently have it loosely wrapped with gardening twine to prevent this problem. I NEED to cut it back but don’t want to risk losing it because of improper pruning. Thank you for your help!

    • Paula B Says:

      For this time of year, continue to give it support with your garden twine (it’s what I do too) so that it’s protected from the winter winds. Then do your pruning come spring.

      Although you could cut back an established shrub severely if necessary, I prefer to selectively prune wayward branches to control the size and shape. The best time to do this is late March through early May before the leaf buds open. Selectively removing shoots at different heights will help maintain its natural form.

      As you know, it’s a very hardy, fast grower; a bit of pruning will really help it bloom more profusely come fall. 🙂

  3. Bill Says:

    I’ve found that these are magnets for Japanese beetles.

    • Paula B Says:

      Oh – that’s not good…in recent years we have seen quite a few Japanese beetles in our area during the fall months. Then I spend the entire winter cleaning them out of my window sills! yuck

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