Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Rose of Sharon

"And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." 
Matthew 6:28-29
The Rose of Sharon bushes by the highway.
This is a double bloom..
Some are pale pink or lavender blue.
Pale pink Rose of Sharon.
The Rose of Sharon's always bloom by the 4th of July.
This one looks almost white.

The Rose of Sharon bushes make an attractive buffer.
I love all my Rose of Sharon's. I rooted and grew every one from cuttings from some bushes my parents have had at their house for as long as I can remember. I grew about eighty bushes in the back yard. I gave some of them away but I planted a lot of bushes beside our fence along the neighbors driveway and these bushes by the highway. We wanted to block the noise as traffic flies by. We planted another row of evergreen bushes parallel to the Rose of Sharon's. Our front yard looks like a hidden garden in the summer. It is cool and shady all day long out there. Well, it is as cool as it can get in Georgia's 90 degrees-plus-temperatures. I like sitting on the little park bench and watching the cars go by. It is a nice place to sit outside sipping a sweet tea or some lemonade in the shade.  

Hibiscus syriacus is the true name of the Rose of Sharon.


Hibiscus syriacus is a widely cultivated ornamental shrub in the genus Hibiscus. Common names include Rose of Sharon (especially in North America), Shrub Althea and Rose Althea. (from Wikipedia)
Scientific classification
Species:H. syriacus
Binomial name
H. syriacus
Althaea frutex Hort. ex Mill.

As Always


  1. The Rose of Sharon is an entirely different plant in England - it is a ground plant with medium to large flowers that have extended middle segments rather like a small firework. The Hibiscus we often refer to as a Hollyhock bush.

    May I add that you have a lovely blog full of wonderful photographs.

  2. Thank you Polly. I think you have a wonderful blog, too. The internet is so great because we can learn things about other people from around the world. I don't travel so I appreciate seeing the world through other peoples eyes. I bet your Rose of Sharon's are beautiful, too.


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