Hibiscus syriacus ‘Elfin Rose’ (Rose of Sharon)
First introduced to English gardens from Syria prior to 1596 the Rose of Sharon is actually a native of China and was more than likely brought to the Levant via the Silk Road. Whilst this Hibiscus is frost hardy down to minus 15C it flourishes through Australia’s torrid summer heat.
‘Elfin Rose’ is a new dwarf growing cultivar making it suitable for smaller gardens and also for mixed flower borders where its large deep rose pink flowers accented with a rich carmine eye will make a splendid display from summer well into autumn. Best grown in full sun and given a little extra irrigation during dry periods it will make a deciduous shrub some 160cm tall by 145cm across.