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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