A few years ago I was given a cutting from a Rose of Sharon bush and this year it is finally big enough to bloom. And not just one or two blooms but it is going to have lots of blooms. The photo on the left was taken at the beginning of the growing season in 2017 and the one beside it was taken in August 2018.
Now in 2018 it is taller and fuller and has buds on it. It blooms on growth of the current year. Pruning is done in late fall after leaves drop. When new growth appears in spring you can take cuttings and propogate new shrubs.
On August 7, 2018 I was thrilled to look out the window and see three of the buds open. The yellow blooms are heliopsis.
Rose of Sharon or Hibiscus syriacus can grow 8 to 10 feet tall. The shrub prefers full sun and well drained soil and it is a late summer bloomer. It is slow to leaf out in the spring. This year there has been very little rain and I don’t water that part of the garden so it is doing really well.
I’m looking forward to seeing more of the buds open.
It has been 4 weeks since my knee surgery and I’m starting to venture out in the garden more. Hubby has been watering the veggies and we have had a good crop of beans, potatoes and tomatoes. I have neglected by garden updates this year, but hopefully now I’ll get back into checking the gardens out and documenting the plants with my camera. I’ve also been neglecting my website, but I’m feeling much better and will try to post on a more regular basis.