Rose of Sharon –
(=’Balhiblu’) A compact variety, this forms a medium-sized bushy mound of dark green leaves. Huge saucer-shaped flowers appear in mid summer and continue until frost. This selection has white blooms with a soft pink edge and red eye. Plants prefer evenly moist soil and sunny conditions. Stems die back completely to the ground in winter, but new growth is slow to appear in spring, so be patient! Old stems can be pruned to the ground in mid spring. A thick mulch for the first winter is recommended, especially in Zones 4 and 5. USPP#15054: unlicensed propagation prohibited.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Rose of Sharon
Light Pink, White
Select a site with full sun to light shade and moist, well-drained soil.
Plant in spring or fall. Space plants 6 to 10 feet apart, depending on the expected mature size of the plant. Dig a hole only as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. If your soil is in very poor condition, amend the soil you’ve removed from the hole with a small amount of compost. Otherwise don’t amend it at all. Carefully remove the plant from the container and set it in the hole. Fill the hole half full with soil, then water it well to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Let the water drain, then fill the remainder of hole with soil and water thoroughly.
Apply a layer of compost under the tree each spring, spreading it out to the dripline (the area under the outermost branches). Add a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Flowers are produced on new wood, so prune in early spring to shape and reduce size. Pruning the shrub back to 2 to 3 buds per branch in spring encourages larger flowers. Remove dead, diseased, and injured branches any time.
Joe Pye weed – Joe Pye weed matches hibiscus in stature but bears flattish heads of dusty-rose flowers in contrast to the bold funnel-shape flowers of hibiscus.
Miscanthus – Tall miscanthus planted among hibiscus presents a natural-looking scene, and they thrive under similar conditions.
Turtlehead – The tubular pink or white flowers of turtlehead are good companions for hibiscus in sunny, damp places. Plant turtleheads at the feet of hibiscus to camouflage unattractive stems.