Ardens Althea-Hibiscus syriacus ‘Ardens’
The Ardens Rose of Sharon Bushes are valued for its large double, rose purple flowers containing a maroon blotch that blooms mid to late summer when few other flowering shrubs are in bloom. Hibiscus syriacus also known as swamp mallow, rose mallow, althea or Rose of Sharon. Ardens Hibiscus Shrubs grow in full sun or partial shade and in any soil. The growth rate of these rose of sharon bushes ranges from slow to moderate and transplanting is easy.
Home grown at Dan’s Backyard Nursery in Waskom, TX
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Hibiscus syriacus, commonly called rose of Sharon or shrub althea, is a vigorous, upright, vase-shaped, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub that typically grows 8-12’ tall. It may be trained as a small tree or espalier. Showy, hollyhock-like, 5-petaled flowers (to 3” diameter) appear over a long, early-summer to fall bloom period. Each flower has a prominent and showy center staminal column. Palmately-veined, coarsely-toothed, three-lobed, medium green leaves (to 4” long) are attractive during the growing season but produce no fall color.
Excellent flowering shrub that may be massed, planted in groups or used as a specimen. Good for foundations and shrub borders. Also can be effective as a hedge or screen.
Easy Care and Design Tips:
Finding the perfect planting spot where Althea will give you her best performance is easy as 1-2-3: 1) full sun, 2) well-drained soil and 3) an early-spring application of a slow-release fertilizer. This well-mannered plant is equally at ease as a landscape specimen or container plant. You’ll have to keep container plants watered more often, but the extra effort is worth it if you want to make an impact statement — plant Althea shrubs in matching urns on either side of your home’s sunny entrance for a glorious show of color all summer long!