Rose of Sharon, that is ... well it's not really a rose but part of hibiscus family. ;)
For Today's Flowers, I am featuring the beauty of Rose of Sharon. Pictured below is my all white RoS. I've seen shades of blue, red, violet, and pink with contrasting colored "eyes" but I seldom see an all white one.
If I remember the tag correctly, I think my RoS is called Diana, it is pure white with ruffled blooms.
What I love about Rose of Sharon is its profusion of buds! If you click to enlarge, you'll notice that it's loaded with buds! This gives them a long blooming period.
... a double or ruffled Rose of Sharon?
This one was taken at one of the gardens where I work. It's two in one, because a pink and white were grafted.
... close up.
See these blooms? ... butterflies and hummingbirds will find these irresistible.
Unlike Hibiscus, Rose of Sharon can stand up to frost. They leaf out late in the spring, so please do not declare them dead; I made this mistakes once and dug up what I planted the year before then I noticed that the roots look ok so I planted it back ... and sure enough, some sign of foliage started to show later, its not dead! :) what makes Rose of Sharon happy? ... give it a sunny spot, and humus-rich soil and it will reward you with profusion of blooms when summer comes!