Plant Althea Rose of Sharon for color, blooms, butterflies and bees!
What’s not to like about that combo? The Althea Rose of Sharon comes in a variety of colors such as white, purple, pink, lavender, and some varieties have double blooms. The Althea have been an old standby for years and are often times found in older existing landscapes here in Austin. There are dwarf and regular varieties available depending on what your preference is. Known by several names Hibiscus syriacus are also called Althea, Rose of Sharon, and Rose Mallow.
Several of the varieties have a contrasting color at the center of the bloom which enhances the color and interest in my opinion. The Rose of Sharon like a well drained soil and can take the full sun here in Austin, Texas. If you have a spot with shade in the mornings that would be an acceptable place to plant them as well as long as it gets a half day of the afternoon sun. The full size varieties can grow 6 – 10′ in height and the dwarf varieties reach only to 4-6′.
The Rose of Sharon are a deciduous flowering tree. You can prune and shape as you see fit whether it be into a standard form or let it grow naturally into an almost V, vase like form. Plant Althea Rose of Sharon in your landscape and garden plan for an added interest and plethora of blooms. The bees and butterflies will be happy!