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Blue Rose of Sharon

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If you have old time Rose of Sharon (aka hardy hibiscus) in your garden, you probably have filled too many friends’ gardens with seedlings. Furthermore, you are probably sick and tired of pulling out all of those little trees that spring up after the rose of Sharon blooms.

Now you can grow a beautiful, blue flowered hibiscus without sharing or pulling. This new Azurri Satin™ (Hibiscus syriacus) Rose of Sharon is seedless.

Azurri Satin™ Rose of Sharon is a valuable shrub or small tree in the garden. It blooms in summer, when very little else is going on. It is small enough for a flower border and you can limb it up into a small tree to save even more planting space underneath it. And, how often do you see blue flowers on a tree? You can also use Azurri Satin in large containers. It makes a handsome patio specimen plant.

Aside from its seedless quality, which is major, it also is a hummingbird attractant. I know, I know, hummingbirds are supposed to like red, and they do, but they are also drawn to blue flowers in the summer garden. It welcomes these tiny birds and butterflies, too, but deer find the whole plant unpalatable.

Grow it in full sun in zones 5-9. It blooms on new growth so a little pruning in early spring to stimulate it is helpful.

 
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PROBLEM SOLVING PLANTS

By Stacey Hirvela, Spring Meadow Nursery
Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners/ColorChoice Shrubs

Landscaping is often an exercise in problem solving: we may have an ideal plant in mind, only to find that it won’t thrive in our yards because our site or soil isn’t suitable. Fortunately, plants are wonderfully diverse and adaptable, so you’re guaranteed to find beautiful, landscape-worthy shrubs that withstand most any of Mother Nature’s curveballs. Think of the plants listed below as the landscape equivalent of the old saying, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!” — they tolerate and even thrive under the difficult conditions commonly found in backyards everywhere. This means less work for you and a better performance from your plants!
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