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Hibiscus syriacus ‘Ardens’ (Ardens Rose of Sharon/Althea)

Pretty purple, hollyhock flowers on the Hibscus syriacus ‘Ardens’ will add elegance to any summer garden. The bright green foliage coincides so well with the purple, double blooms and their deep red centres. There are generally too many blooms to count and they last from July-September. ‘Ardens’ provides a tropical look but with the capabilities of withstanding colder climates. Growing 180-250 cm (5-8 ft.) tall and 150-180 cm (5-6 ft.) around it is still able to maintain its upright, formal appeal.

This rose of Sharon is recommended to be used as an accent, in mass plantings, in a container, as a hedge or for general garden uses with the ability to thrive in urban areas; the possibilities are nearly endless. It is hardy from zones 5-8 and prefers a fully sunny location and well-drained soil, yet can be adaptable. Althea, another name for hibiscus and rose of Sharon, should be planted in the spring or fall and if pruning is desired it should be done early spring. For the skilled pruner, there is potential to shape the Hibiscus syriacus ‘Ardens’ into a standard form. What a shrub! Deer avoid it, pollinators like it and people do too.

Fun Fact: In North America, hibiscus flowers are used to symbolize the perfect woman or wife. A great gift idea for that special lady.