Celebrating the humble (but beautiful) rose of Sharon

Written by Doug Oster on .

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It's common, some might even call it a weed, but rose of Sharon is filled with beautiful blooms even in 90 degree heat.

I know lots of gardeners who turn their nose up at the tree/shrub, but I love it.

I even brought three trees from my old garden 15 year ago. They have a connection to my children. My two boys played basketball under the biggest rose of Sharon I'd ever seen. The tree took the abuse of 1000 air balls, missed rebounds and bricks (hoop lingo for bad shot).

I couldn't take the giant tree, but a few of its offspring made the two hour trip to Pittsburgh in 1998.

The plant is carefree, blooms vigorously and is beautiful. Like most things in the garden if it was hard to grow and coax flowers from, it would be a treasured addition to the landscape.

I have the old fashioned white variety, and somehow had a purple one sprout.

It's a pain to keep removing the babies and to keep the plant pruned like a tree, but when it blooms mid-summer, there's nothing like least for me.

There are lots of cool looking cultivars out there including doubles. Many of the new varieties are sterile, so there's no worry about sprouting seedlings.

Rose of Sharon will always hold a special place in my garden and in my heart.

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