Rose Of Sharon Hedge
Growing a Rose of Sharon Hedge
A colorfully beautiful rose of Sharon hedge can really help to both give a garden a classic European look and to emphasize paths or define garden spaces. Whether you use it in a large space as a divider between different sections of you garden or at the edge of your garden as a border between the public space and your private garden, a rose of Sharon hedge is a great choice.
Best Conditions for a Rose of Sharon
A rose of Sharon bush will grow best in places that have either full sun most of the day or at least part sun. You will not find rose of Sharons growing in a healthy fashion under Linden trees or in very shady areas. If your garden lacks a lot of tree cover, the rose of Sharon can be a perfect addition. Even if you have a tall tree in your garden, so long as the sun has a strong showing either in the afternoon or in the morning, your rose of Sharon should do all right.
Planning out the Your Rose of Sharon Hedge
Before you plant your rose of Sharon, you should visualize exactly how you want your hedge to grow. A rose of Sharon is easy to trim into virtually any space, so you don’t need to worry too much about getting it to fit into your garden. You should however, have a good sense of how you want to plant your hedge. The perfect location for a rose of Sharon hedge is next to a path, especially a little brick path. Nothing achieves quite the kind of quaint effect than having a well-trimmed rose of Sharon hedge next to it.
For best results, get your young rose of Sharon bushes from a nursery in early spring so you can have a sense of the health of the plant. When planting your rose of Sharon bushes, you want to make sure to dig holes big enough to cover the bulb completely. You will want to plant the bushes close enough together so that they will grow into a nice thick hedge. Look at the mature versions of the plant carefully at the nursery to get a sense of how close you should place them to achieve an unbroken hedge effect (typically three to four feet in most cases). If you can’t find a grown example, ask the more senior staff at your nursery.
When you place the rose of Sharon into the ground, cover it with soil, and water it thoroughly. Once you have completely watered it, mulch the ground to help keep it free of weeds.
Maintenance of Your Rose of Sharon
A rose of Sharon is a very resilient plant that can survive with minimal maintenance. However, for best results you should look to plant it in soil where the water drains well. In standing water, a rose of Sharon is just as likely to get root rot as most any other garden shrub. It can survive not being watered much, so it makes for a good plant for those who travel a great deal, but for best results, you should look to water it everyday.
Creative Uses for you Rose of Sharon Hedge
Although your rose of Sharon will work best as a parallel hedge for a path, you can use it in various other fashions as well. Planners often like to keep rose of Sharon low lying, but you can grow it tall if you have a fence or wall against which to give it support. Rose of Sharon makes a perfect covering plant for ugly retaining walls as well, forming a much more aesthetically pleasing appearance on a hillside than the usual kind of weeds.
With some creativity, you will find that the rose of Sharon can really take your garden space to completely new levels.