See my new Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus Syriacus) “Red Heart”? This is my latest impulse purchase. Well, almost. We had wanted a flowering shrub for a spot where we wanted more shade in my back yard. We had talked about a Rose of Sharon, but hadn’t made a decision, until love won us over last Sunday.
Hardy to Zone 5, this beauty will be just perfect in our back yard. Now, all I have to do is train Rose of Sharon into a standard (tree form). I wonder how long that will take me? I’ve never done it before. Wish me luck.
I plan to let this baby stay in the pot until at least until next year. There is already a candidate to use as the primary stem. It is the longest, and I think can be staked to keep it straight. There is an alternative stem that grows a little straighter, but it is quite short. Once I decide for sure which stem to use, I will prune the other stems away and work on the side branches.
In the mean time, I will enjoy my Rose of Sharon while it blooms. Aren’t they pretty?