Q.Should I cut back Rose of Sharon Bushes?
I purchased 6 Rose of Sharon bushes this summer. They were in 5 gallon buckets and were approximately 3 feet tall with plenty of leaves and in full bloom. I planted them side by side like a hedge. Over the next month, they began dropping their leaves and blooms. Is this normal? It is now the middle of September and I live in Zone 5. Do I need to cut them back, or do I just leave them be? They are Lavender Chiffon and Blue Chiffon.
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
The leaf and flower drop is normal for this time of year, as it is getting ready to go dormant. This article will help with pruning: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/rose-of-sharon/pruning-rose-of-sharon.htm