Today’s Special (2-25-14): Diana Rose of Sharon Plants – $5.72 Each
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Better flowering in full sun. Prefers moist, organically rich soils, but tolerates poor soils and some drought. Very tolerant of summer heat and humidity. Large flowers may be obtained by pruning back hard to 2-3 buds in early spring. Otherwise, prune to shape. This rose of Sharon cultivar is a vigorous, erect, multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 5-8′ tall. May also be trained as a single trunk tree or espalier. Features showy, hollyhock-like, 5-petaled, pure white flowers (4-6″ diameter) with no eye. Each flower has a prominent and showy center staminal column. Long, early-summer to fall bloom period. Flowers stay open at night. This cultivar is a sterile triploid that produces very few if any seed pods. Triangular, lobed, leathery, dark green leaves (to 3.5″ long). A Royal Horticutural Society of Great Britain Award of Garden Merit plant. Zones 5 to 8.