Plant of the Week: LIL’ KIM® Rose of Sharon

It’s National Potato Day!

How are potatoes like Hibiscus? I’ll give you a minute to think about it. In the meantime, check out these awesome dwarf varieties of rose of Sharon:

The Lil’ Kim® plants are dwarf plants that grow 3-4′ tall and wide. That’s quite a bit smaller than the typical Hibiscus syriacus, which can grow as tall as 12′.

That compact size is a better fit for many gardens and landscapes, and makes the plants candidates for patio planters.

There are three colors of Lil Kim® available: the original, which is white with a red eye; Lil’ Kim® Red, with deep pink flowers and a red eye; Lil’ Kim® Violet, which has large violet blooms.

If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy classic rose of Sharon blooms in late summer but worried about spacing, these plants are the solution.

Like all H. syriacus they will do best in full sun, and the flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. These rugged plants will grow in poor soil and take some water stress. They are hardy in USDA 5-9.

How potatoes are like rose of Sharon:

Both potatoes and hibiscus come in lots of different colors, and all are wonderful. If you’ve never had purple potatoes, go buy some this weekend and eat them while you gaze at your beautiful Lil’ Kim® Violet Hibiscus syriacus. It will look right back at you: both potatoes and rose of Sharon have eyes!

Next, both potatoes and rose of Sharon can be used in lots of different ways. Hashbrowns for breakfast, french fries at lunch, and a baked potato with dinner. The only way that day could be better is to enjoy one of the new dwarf varieties in your patio planter while eating al fresco.

Finally, both potatoes and H. syriacus are tough. While potato plants are a bit more finicky, the tubers store well.

Enjoy your celebration!

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