Lucy Althea-Hibiscus syriacus ‘Lucy’
A stunning display of 3-5″ masses of double reddish fuchsia flowers in summer with peak bloom period in August. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity, it is adaptable to most conditions. Prune to shape in spring. Use as an entrance into a garden or along walkways or drive. Works well as a container specimen.
Home grown at Dan’s Backyard Nursery in Waskom, TX
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Lucy Rose Of Sharon will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Lucy Rose Of Sharon makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a ‘thriller’ in the ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag – this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.
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!