Plants for Summer: Flowers & Shrubs


Hibiscus syriacus

Common name: Rose of Sharon
Zones of hardiness: 5 to 8 (9)
Height & width: 8-12’ high by 6-10’ wide
Leaves: alternate, simple, 3-lobed and toothed, medium to dark green; size of 2-4” long

The Rose of Sharon is commonly used and seen as hedging and screening. The deciduous shrub grows well in full or partial sun, and best in the late season for its flowers. With heavy pruning in early spring, the blooms will be larger and open wider which, depending on the variety, come in white to violet hues with a deep red center. It is widely considered a rather ordinary, run of the mill plant; an idea for planting it in the landscape could involve creating a living privacy fence.