Red Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)
This shrub called red hibiscus does best in acidic well-drained soils that stay moist most of the time. It will, however, tolerate short periods of drought or excess rain. The Rose of Sharon prefers at least four hours of unfiltered sunlight each day. When this shrub gets enough sun, it will bloom profusely throughout the fall until the winter temperatures nip the blooms. This shrub naturally grows in a vase shape producing five-petal flowers blooming either singly or double. Landscapers can choose the color working best for them from white, purple, violet or pink. Red, however, is the most popular choice. The addition of this shrub to your landscape is a great way to add color throughout the summer and fall when little else may be blooming colorfully. This native of China and India may not bloom until its second or third year of life as it puts its energy into growing quickly. The Rose of Sharon has very few pest problems only requiring a quick fertilizing in the spring making it a carefree solution for many yards. It can also be pruned allowing it to resemble a small tree. Alternatively, plant a row of them 2 to 3 feet apart creating a stunning low hedge. Rose of Sharon is a great way to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your living space. Get the Rose of Sharon for your yard today so that you can enjoy its beautiful color very soon.