Hibiscus Rose of Sharon, 'DIANA" Hardy Perennial SHRUB
The Diana Rose of Sharon are known for their beautiful large single white flowers that bloom from mid summer to frost when few other white flowering shrubs are in bloom. Also called hardy hibiscus, Diana Rose of Sharon grows in sun or partial shade and in any soil. The growth rate ranges from slow to moderate, and transplanting is easy‘Diana’ adds a bit of the tropics without ever leaving the garden!
This beauty received the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society of Great Britain, as well as the Gold Medal of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. These showy pure white trumpet-shaped flowers bloom against a backdrop of leathery dark green toothy foliage. Blooms are typically up to 5” across and bloom for up to 4 months. The upright branched habit of this shrub is perfect for a hedge, screen, shrub border, or garden accent. It may also be trained as a small tree or used in container gardens. Once established, it can tolerate urban pollution and brief periods of drought.
Planting Instructions: Choose a location in full sun to partial shade with well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. During the first growing season, water deeply to establish a strong root system. Water weekly or more often in extreme heat or in containers. Once established, this plant with tolerate brief periods of drought. In the spring, apply fertilizer before new growth begins. After flowering, prune to promote new growth and shape the plant. In areas with colder climates, mulch the first winter and remove the following spring.