Like other homeowners, you shouldn't miss to ignore the benefits of Rose of Sharon bushes. These are the common names of the different species of flowering plants, hardy hibiscus, hibiscus syriacus, and althea. They are one of the few shrubs that bloom in the summer garden. Compared to others, they are low maintenance and the Rose of Sharon shrubs can grow upward to 12 feet. Therefore, if you want the shrub to appear as a tree, just prune away the lower branches in early spring.
One of our favorite things about Rose of Sharon bushes is their appearances. Their flowers have beautifully distinct colors such as blue, red, pink, white, and purple. Most of these bushes also grow from 8 to 12 feet tall and roughly six to ten feet wide though some varieties have a more columnar shape. Hardy Hibiscus plants show good pollution tolerance which makes them a good choice for urban gardens.
Tips on planting and growing Rose of Sharon hedges in your garden:
Pick Your Planting Site -- Rose of Sharon grows in full sun areas. They also grow well in a part sun or part shade areas though blooming may be limited. Prepare the Planting Site -- You can do this through digging the hole approximately 4 to 6 inches deeper than the root system and about a foot wide. If you have clay soil, mix into the fill dirt aged compost or aged manure mix and some coarse sand for drainage. Put the Rose of Sharon Shrubs in the Planting Hole -- Do this step carefully, fill holes and water. You may need to add more soil around the plant and water it again if it settles too deeply. Fertilizers -- Fertilize can be applied in spring after the plant begins to leaf out. A balanced timed release is best. If using aged compost and aged manure mixes as mulch regularly, there should be no need for a fertilizer application.
With Rose of Sharon, you can easily change the appearance of your garden. Since these shrubs and flowers are easy to grow and maintain, you don't have to monitor them regularly.
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