|Part of the
You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
Updated: February 19, 2005
The Rose of Sharon is a shrub that is hardy in harsh conditions. This
perennial can withstand dry areas in your yard, next to the driveway and is a
great row plant between neighbors.
You can plant in a slight shady area, but it works best in full sun. I have
mine in a shady part of the garden and they don't flower as well as they should
and could if they were exposed to more sunlight.
Though it works well without much watering and attention, during dry spells you
should give it a thorough watering, especially the first year they are planted.
It is recommended to trim them back in early spring to keep them from becoming
stemmy. This will produce a bigger flower in the fall.
The Rose of Sharon blooms from July through September and comes in a variety of
colors such as white, purple, pink and red. This plant will add color to your
garden during those late summer dry months.