Plant Profile: Rose of Sharon

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.

Rose of Sharon at craftygardener.ca
Rose of Sharon at craftygardener.ca

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.

Rose of Sharon at craftygardener.ca

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 at craftygardener.ca

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.

Rose of Sharon at craftygardener.ca

I’m looking forward to seeing more of the buds open.

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7 Responses

  1. Lavender Dreamer

    When I see these big blooms, I always forget what they are called! Hope you feel better and better! I miss you when you don’t post! Hugs!

  2. Lorrie

    What beautiful blooms on your Rose of Sharon. A late-bloomer, eh? I need some more colour in my garden around this time of year. My dahlias are still not in bloom, my fault, of course, as I planted them late. Glad to hear that you are making progress with the knee healing.

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      I’m going to try taking some cuttings from this one next spring after new growth developes and get a couple more shrubs for other parts of the garden. I’m slowly eliminating plants that are high maintenance ones and adding flowering shrubs.

  3. Margie

    Glad to hear that your recovery is going well, Linda.

    I have a Rose of Sharon that I’m embarrassed to admit has gotten overgrown. Do you have any tips on pruning? Thanks!

  4. Myrtle

    Yes Rose of Sharon is beautiful, love them and I see one of mine is showing signs of surviving., hope it survives the witer

  5. Jennifer Jilks

    I’m so glad to read this!
    I have killed a couple of these bushes. I’m so sad.
    You are amazing!
    I am happy to report that we’ve been eating our cherry tomatoes, and I have a baby pumpkin or gourd (?) that has seeded itself. Thank you for sinpring. Oh, gosh. INSPIRING!!!

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