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Flowers and Grasses

Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

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rose of sharon has pink to purple blooms in summer
Photo 8 of 12Showing tendencies for invasiveness in the South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the country.

Rose of Sharon/Althea (8 of 12)

Deciduous shrub with pink to purple blooms in summer
Height: 8-10 feet; Width: up to 8 feet
Tolerant of most soil and drought once established
Avoid excessive fertilizer, which may reduce blooms
Potentially invasive; watch for unwanted seedlings
Plant in full sun; prune while dormant in winter
Hardy in USDA zones 5-8(9):
Zone 5: Plant in spring; apply additional mulch after first hard frost; plant in full sun; avoid contact with salt; water regularly in dry spells during first growing season.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; apply additional mulch after first hard frost; plant in full sun; water regularly in dry spells during first growing season.
Zone 7: Plant in spring or early fall; apply additional mulch after first hard frost; plant in full sun; water regularly in dry spells during first growing season.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; apply additional mulch in fall; plant in full sun; water regularly in dry spells during first growing season.

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