At first I hated this bloom color, but after feeding it, and seeing the bush burst into triple blooms, well, I've softened!
Althea blooming in Sugar Land, TX (Aug 2005)
Easy to maintain & control, pretty pink/rose/mauve colored blooms
Rose of Sharon makes a wonderful, cheerful hedgerow. This cultivar is "Freedom."
I didn't prune it this past winter. It's August and the blooms are reaching for the sky!