Come for a stroll to admire the beautiful “Rose of Sharon” (Hibiscus syriacus) shrubs on the eastern edge of the tree peony garden and north of the Pine and Plum Pavilion garden. A half-dozen varieties and colors are in full bloom, including pink, violet, and variegated white/red. Although its biblical common name and Latin name imply a Middle Eastern origin, this deciduous shrub is native to India and China and is popular in other areas of East Asia. In China, this mallow plant symbolizes wealth, fame, and splendor, and in traditional times was put up to ward off evil associated with the summer solstice. The Seattle Chinese Garden is well protected, and we love the summer sun here!