17 Gorgeous Varieties of Rose of Sharon for Your Garden

Do you need help selecting a rose of Sharon variety for your garden? In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago lists 17 gorgeous varieties of rose of Sharon to make your search easier.

A Rose of Sharon shrub displays delicate pink flowers, radiating elegance against its verdant backdrop. The lush leaves serve as a verdant canvas, accentuating the shrub's beauty and adding a touch of natural splendor to the landscape.

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To know a rose of Sharon is to love it. These flowering shrubs are often large and striking, with green foliage and beautiful frilly flowers. These flowers could be single or double. Either way, they typically will begin blooming in the middle of the summer and linger well into the fall. 

This striking plant belongs to the hibiscus genus, and its flowers are very similar to tropical varieties you may see grown as annuals or hardy hibiscus. These blossoms are smaller and only last about one day before new buds form and replace the existing flowers. These shrubs are cold hardy to zone 5, and last beautifully throughout the winter months without any overwintering needs from you. 

Rose of Sharon are typically used as structural plants and are excellent when used as hedges, specimen plants, or privacy screens. If you are looking for the right variety for your garden, read on. This list includes 17 varieties that are easy to find, easy to grow, and easy to love

‘Aphrodite’

A close-up of the 'Aphrodite'  shrub flower, showcasing delicate lavender petals that transition to an almost ethereal white hue. At the heart, a rich purple center adds a captivating contrast.
This variety blooms from midsummer to late fall.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Aphrodite’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade 
height height 6-10 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

‘Aphrodite’ is a pretty pink rose of Sharon. The ruffled flowers are mostly pink with a red eye and creamy white stamen. New flower buds will appear and bloom from midsummer until late fall. The foliage is deep and emerges light green before settling on a medium green for most of the growing season. 

Reaching heights of 10 feet, ‘Aphrodite’ is very useful in the back of borders of beds, as well as a privacy screen. This variety has a wide spread of 10 feet and is great for hedges. It will only require a few plants to occupy quite a large space. 

‘Blue Chiffon’

A close-up reveals a delicate 'blue chiffon' flower amidst green leaves, its petals unfurling in anticipation. Against the blurred backdrop, the blue stands out, capturing the essence of nature's gradual awakening as the flower awaits its full bloom.
An award-winning cultivar, ‘Blue Chiffon’ boasts ruffled, lacey flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Notwoodt3’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8-12 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

‘Blue Chiffon’ is an award-winning blue cultivar. This variety produces blue lacey flowers with a reddish-purple stain near the center of the flowers. The petals are ruffled and slightly cut, which gives the blossoms their lacey look. 

‘Blue Chiffon’ grows to six feet wide while reaching heights of 12 feet. Plant this shrub in the back of a border garden or emphasize its beauty as a specimen plant

‘Blushing Bride’

A close-up of a 'blushing bride' flower reveals delicate, pale petals with ruffled edges. The background is a soft blur, highlighting the deep green leaves surrounding the flower in a verdant embrace.
For those preferring softer colors, ‘Blushing Bride’ rose features large double flowers in pale pink.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Blushing Bride’ 
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade 
height height 8-10 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

If you are a gardener who prefers softer colors, ‘Blushing Bride’ is an excellent variety for you! This shrub produces very large double flowers in a dreamy shade of pale pink. The foliage is a deep green.

‘Blushing Bride’ will grow to ten feet tall and six feet wide. The blossoms on this shrub are so beautiful that it deserves space in your garden where it can be admired. Try growing a few as a hedge, or just plant one near a unique part of your home. 

‘Chateau de Chambord’

Pink 'Chateau de Chambord' flowers, their petals delicately unfolding, reveal deep red throats glistening under the sun's warm embrace. In the blurred backdrop, tall stems sway gracefully, adorned with lush green leaves.
The rose pink blooms of ‘Chateau de Chambord’ feature deep red centers.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Minsyre10’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade 
height height 5-6 feet tall
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

The Chateau series comprises a group of stunning varieties. ‘Chateau de Chambord’ produces rosy pink flowers with deep red centers. The stamen is bright white, creating a beautiful contrasting effect. The foliage is deep green and lush. 

‘Chateau de Chambord’ is smaller, growing only to six feet tall and four feet wide. This variety would make a nice addition to a foundation garden or perennial bed that could use some structure. 

‘Diana’

A close-up of a white 'Diana' flower, each petal gracefully unfurling in intricate patterns. Surrounding the flower, lush deep green leaves form a verdant backdrop, enhancing the purity and beauty of the bloom.
Choose ‘Diana’ for elegant white blossoms with waved edges.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Diana’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 5-8 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

A stunning white variety is ‘Diana’. This shrub produces crisp white blossoms with wavy edges to the petals and white stamens. The foliage is light green until autumn rolls around. At this point in the season, the ovate leaves will turn a light shade of gold.

‘Diana’ will grow to ten feet tall and six feet wide. Unlike many other varieties, these white blossoms stay open at night, making this a great plant to grow near areas where you hang out at night, such as a patio or fire pit. 

‘Lil Kim’

'Lil Kim' flowers showcasing delicate white petals contrasted by vivid deep red throats, creating a striking visual harmony. Lush green leaves gracefully encircle the blooms, enhancing their natural allure with verdant elegance.
A compact cultivar, ‘Lil Kim’ features white blossoms with deep reddish-purple throats.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Antong Two’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade 
height height 3-5 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

‘Lil Kim’ is a beautiful option for smaller spaces. The blossoms on this variety are white with a deep reddish-purple throat. The stamen is a creamy shade of white. These bicolored blossoms are about three inches wide, and new flowers will appear and continue to bloom from midsummer into fall

With a maximum height of five feet, ‘Lil Kim’ is very easy to tuck into any landscape. This would be a great variety for a large container as well. ‘Lil Kim’ will grow to about four feet wide and makes a good low-growing hedge when planted in groups. 

‘Lucy’

Under the sunlight, 'Lucy' flowers and foliage beam with natural radiance, creating a picturesque scene. The flowers, in particular, stand out with their enchanting ruffled petals, painted in a striking shade of deep pink.
A vibrant, 12-foot tall shrub, ‘Lucy’ boasts deep pink double flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Lucy’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade 
height height 6-8 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

‘Lucy’ is a beautiful plant full of deep pink, double flowers with hints of red throughout. The petals are ruffled, giving the already full flowers even more volume. The dense foliage is a vibrant green.

Plant ‘Lucy’ in areas of your garden that could use season-long color. Growing to 12 feet tall, this is a sizeable shrub but would work very well in the back of informal wildflower gardens.  

‘Minerva’

A purple 'Minerva' flower blooms gracefully amidst green foliage, showcasing its rich color and delicate petals. The flower's intricate details, from its velvety texture to its slender stem, create a captivating sight.
With its pretty purple petals, ‘Minerva’ is a non-invasive mid-size option.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Minerva’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade 
height height 5-8 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

‘Minerva’ is a pretty purple variety. The petals have a pink overlay and a deep red center or eye. The foliage on this variety has a leathery texture and is a deep and lush shade of green. 

If you are concerned about the invasiveness of the rose of Sharon, ‘Minerva’ does not produce many (if any) viable seeds. You can plant them with peace of mind. This mid-size choice would be beautiful next to a doorway or in the back of a perennial garden. It would look particularly striking behind a flower bed filled with purple blooms.  

‘Orchid Satin’

An orchid satin cultivar shines with pink blooms and red centers.
A sterile variety, ‘Orchid Satin’ grows up to 12 feet tall.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘ILVO37’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8-12
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

‘Orchid Satin’ produces large pink flowers graced with a bright red eye. The center of these flowers is offset by a bright white stamen. This rose of Sharon will bloom from midsummer into the fall. 

‘Orchid Satin’ will grow up to 12 feet tall and six feet wide. This variety is sterile and will not produce any viable seeds that could lead to any additional seedlings in your garden. The larger size of this shrub makes it a great choice for the back of a foundation garden, a statement plant, or a large privacy screen

‘Paraplu Pink Ink’

A close-up showcasing the delicate 'Paraplu Pink Ink' flower, its soft pink petals gracefully surrounding a fuchsia throat, evoking a sense of tender beauty. In the background, lush green leaves form a verdant backdrop.
This boasts large flowers with a star-like hot pink center.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Paraplu Pink Ink’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 5-8 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

This rose of Sharon produces beautiful summer blossoms. These large flowers are white with a star-like hot pink center. ‘Paraplu Pink Ink’ will keep producing these stunning flowers all summer long. The foliage is lush and deep green. 

This showy variety is perfect for perennial gardens. Growing up to eight feet tall and only four or five feet wide. The branches of ‘Paraplu Pink Ink’ remain more flexible than other varieties and add movement to your gardens. 

‘Pollypetite’

A close-up reveals the sunlit beauty of a purple 'Pollypetite' flower, its delicate petals basking in the warm glow. Adjacent, lush green leaves accompany the blossom, their vibrant hues accentuating the flower's radiant allure amidst nature's embrace.
A compact dwarf variety, ‘Pollypetite’ is ideal for sunny gardens.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Rosina’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 3-4 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

‘Pollypetite’ is a dwarf variety, making this flowering shrub more accessible to gardeners. ‘Pollypetite’ produces loads of single lavender flowers. The foliage is deep green and toothed. 

This is the perfect variety for large container gardens. Growing to four feet wide and tall, you could easily add ‘Pollypetite’ to your sunny foundation gardens or use it in place of a traditional hedge shrub such as boxwoods.

‘Purple Pillar’

Under the bright sunlight, numerous 'Purple Pillar' flowers stand tall, their petals glowing with purple hues. Surrounding them, lush green leaves create a picturesque scene, adding to the beauty of the floral display.
Ideal for confined spaces, ‘Purple Pillar’ produces purple double-flowers with a deep red eye.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Gandini Santiago’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10-16 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

‘Purple Pillar’ is perfect if you are tight on space but have plenty of room for height! This variety produces purple double-flowers with a deep red eye in the center of the flowers. The foliage is lush and an attractive shade of green. 

Plant this shrub in tight spaces. This variety can grow up to 16 feet tall while only growing to two or three feet wide.  ‘Purple Pillar’ works nicely for a privacy screen near windows or porches. 

‘Red Heart’

A close-up of two 'Red Heart' flowers reveals their white petals contrasted by deep red throats. In the backdrop, a blurred array of lush green plants provides a serene and natural ambiance for the vibrant blooms to shine.
The ‘Red Heart’ cultivar boasts large white flowers with deep red throats.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Red Heart’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade 
height height 8-10 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

‘Red Heart’ produces beautiful, large white flowers with a deep red throat. These flowers will bloom for only one day, as with most rose of Sharon, but new flowers will appear throughout the summer and into the fall.

‘Red Heart’ has a nice vase shape and makes a lovely specimen plant for your walkways or entryway. Growing to 10 feet tall and five feet wide, ‘Red Heart’ could also be used in a grouping as a privacy screen or hedge. 

‘Sugar Tip’

A close-up reveals the delicate 'Sugar Tip' flowers adorned with layers of white petals. The petals are intricately ruffled, forming a captivating texture against the backdrop of verdant leaves.
A dwarf variety, ‘Sugar Tip’ features beautiful, fluffy double flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘America Irene Scott’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8-12 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

If beautiful, fluffy double flowers are your thing, ‘Sugar Tip’ is a perfect variety for you. This variety is dreamy and is loaded with soft pink blossoms. Occasionally, the pink blossoms will have brighter pink tints to them. Either way, these double flowers are bursting with about 40 petals per flower. The foliage has a creamy white edging that adds to the elegance of this plant. 

‘Sugar Tip’ is a tall variety of rose of Sharon, growing to about 12 feet tall. The size of this shrub makes it easy to pop into a larger perennial garden or to use as a hedge, perhaps along a front walkway. 

‘Lady Stanley’

close up of a white and blush double-bloom of 'lady stanley with burgundy accents.
This beautiful shrub features double blooms with ruffled centers.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Lady Stanley’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8-12 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

Gorgeous ‘Lady Stanley’ has white to pale blush blooms with ruffled centers. The center is accented with brushstrokes of burgundy. It is deer-resistant and drought-tolerant.

‘Lady Stanley’ has a tidy, upright habit. It works well anywhere you need a dwarf tree to fill in a gap in the garden. The flouncy blooms reach up to eight inches across and appear in profusion from summer into fall. This showy shrub prefers full sun but can also do well in partial shade.

‘Ultramarine’

In the foreground, two purple 'Ultramarine' flowers stand adorned with delicate white stamens, shimmering with dew drops, reflecting the morning light. Behind them, lush green foliage provides a serene backdrop.
A versatile variety, ‘Ultramarine’ grows to eight feet tall.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Minultra’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 5-8 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

Bright purple flowers are often a welcome sight to gardeners. The blossoms on this variety bloom in a deep shade of purple accompanied by a deep red throat. For added contrast, the stamen is bright white. These blossoms are backed by deep green leaves.

‘Ultramarine’ will only grow to eight feet tall, making it a very versatile variety. Add one as a statement or multiple to the back border of a garden, such as a foundation planting. 

‘White Chiffon’

A close-up of the delicate 'White Chiffon' flowers, their petals unfolding gracefully under the light. Behind them, a sturdy brown stem adorned with green leaves provides a stark contrast, enhancing the natural beauty of the floral arrangement.
This is a tall, award-winning variety with double-white flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Notwoodtwo’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 5-8 feet
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

‘White Chiffon’ is a beloved variety. This shrub produces gorgeous double-white flowers. The petal edges are ruffled, giving the five-inch flower a full appearance. The stamens are frilled and not protruding like many other varieties. 

This variety will grow to 8 feet and about six feet wide. ‘White chiffon’ won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Plant this variety in groupings as a hedge or as an addition to the back border of larger gardens.

Final Thoughts

There are plenty of rose of Sharon varieties to choose from. These shrubs can provide privacy throughout the growing season while also adding color. This classic shrub is relatively low maintenance and can be well cared for by even the most novice gardeners. Choose a variety that suits your color scheme, and you can’t go wrong.

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