|This rose of Sharon languished until I moved it into full sun|
Hibiscus syriacus, better known as rose of Sharon, is a hardy deciduous shrub native to Asia.
A few years ago I bought a small rose of Sharon and planted it where I wanted it - outside the laundry room. That first year it graced me with a few flowers. The next year there might have been two or three blossoms; the following year probably none. It didn't seem to grow any taller or wider. If anything, I think it shrank.
In spring of 2013, I moved it to a spot with full sun. It flourished in its new location, shooting up a few feet in height and bursting into flower. This summer it bloomed early and profusely and continues to do so.
While visiting public gardens, I've been introduced to other members of the hibiscus family, to other varieties I'd grow if I had sufficient room.
|A double white Rose of Sharon growing in Greensboro's Arboretum|
|This pink grows near the entrance to the Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy's Marsh View Trail|