I have saw so many beautiful Rose of Sharon
bushes or trees lately. There are so many varieties
now and many more colors.
Mine were grown from seeds taken from my
Grandmother's bushes so I am a little sentimental
about the ones I have growing.They also bring back
memories of when my cousins and I were little and
grandma would give us toothpicks and we would
make little dolls from them. Farm kids found simple
and cheap ways to keep occupied --way-- back then ;-)
Since I wrote a posting on it last year I won't bore
anyone now with repeating it.
They were later this season because of the cool
summer and I was hoping that the Japanese beetles
wouldn't find them but they did so they have a few
riddled leaves on them.
At one time I had a line of them in front of my porch
that was kept trimmed as a hedge. Like all gardeners
I got bored at looking at that and cut them down to make
room for, of course more flowers.
Rose of Sharon Hibiscus Syriacus is a very easy shrub
to grow. It does well in zones 5 to 10 and is evergreen
in warm climates. Here in the north the leaves turn
yellow and fall off after a frost so the fall foliage on
them is not a pretty sight.
The Rose Of Sharon loves full sun but I have some spindly
ones blooming down near the woods where trimmings were
dumped. They have seed pods with many seeds in them.
They can be considered a little invasive because of so many
seeds. I have to pull them from flower beds and from around
bushes every spring.
I trim mine back heavily in the fall to keep it a smaller
compact shrub. They can also be limbed up into a tree.
The new double blooming 'Blue Chiffon' looks to be
a pretty variety, but I would like to hear from gardeners
who have one to see if it is blue or more
purple in color before purchasing one.
Other than the invasive character of the shrub, the blooms
are gorgeous for a late summer show and the Hummingbirds
Remember Balisha @ Never Enough Time
in your thoughts and prayers.
Happy Gardening Everyone!