According to the calendar, summer began a week ago. In North Carolina, summer has been going strong for weeks. Day after day is hot and humid without a drop of rain. Weather conditions like this make the best of us wither, but our rose of sharon bushes (Hibiscus syriacus) are putting on a great show.
Rose of sharon is easy to grow and in fact volunteers itself quite readily. Though rose of sharon prefers full sun, ours are somewhat shaded, hidden behind other shrubs, and they still bloom magnificently. Every June the tall bushes throw their pink blooms above all the surrounding shrubbery. Rose of sharon can get to be about 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide (which is about the size of our two currently in bloom), but tolerate substantial late winter pruning so they can be shaped to just about any height that suits your desire, and can even be shaped to resemble a small tree instead of a bush. The blooms can be white, pink, lavender, red, or light blue.
I clipped several branches to bring inside for this week’s yard bouquet. I didn’t have a vase that I thought suitable to use with the branches, so I repurposed a ceramic teapot that has an earthy feel.
I loved the bouquet, but the flowers wilted after just a day. I guess they prefer the heat and humidity.
If you’d like to see my previous 12 free flower arrangements made from plants in our garden, click on the “Yard bouquets” link below.