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What's In Bloom Today?

By: Sandra Nelson

An old-fashioned favorite, Rose of Sharon shrubs are in full bloom right now.



This easy to grow shrub is makes a dramatic statement when used in masses, as hedges, or singly as a specimen. Rose of Sharon grows and flowers best in rich, well-drained soil in the full sun, but it will also tolerate partial shade. Although species plants have light pink blooms, newer varieties can have brilliant pink, blue, purple or white single and double blooms. Mature shrubs can reach 8 to 12 feet in height. Butterflies love them, especially the single-flowered varieties. They are deer and drought resistant and can live 20 – 30 years. Prune them in late winter or early spring.