Rhododendrons

The noblest of all flowering trees and shrubs

A large and spectacular group of shrubs which flower mainly from April until June. The growth and leaf size vary enormously from dwarf, alpine types to large tree forms and because of this diversity there is a rhododendron or azalea for most gardens. The more compact varieties are ideal for growing in pots. If grouped together on a large scale, they make a fantastic display. This can also be achieved on a smaller scale with the more compact varieties. Rhododendrons and azaleas are fairly low maintenance if they are grown in a suitable site. For best results they require light shade, with a moist but well-drained, LIME-FREE soil, rich in organic matter. The dwarf alpine types and evergreen azaleas will tolerate full sun, as long as the soil does not dry out. An annual mulch of composted bark/leaf mould or pine needles in late winter will both nourish the plants and help to retain moisture in the soil. The range of plants consists of:

  • Species Rhododendron  -  Less free-flowering than hardy hybrids but usually more interesting foliage.
  • Hardy Hybrid Rhododendron -  Traditional larger growing types with large showy flowers.
  • Dwarf Rhododendron  -  Smaller growing and more compact plants that are ideal for rockeries and containers.

Name (common name) & Description Conditions Size
Anuschka (Yakushimanum Hybrid) Red flowers on the outside, pink on the inside in May and June. HEIGHT: 1m SPREAD: 1m
Bengal (Dwarf) Dark red flowers in late April and early May. Low and compact habit. HEIGHT: 40cm. SPREAD: 90cm.
Blue Tit (Dwarf) Lavender-blue flowers in April on a dense growing shrub. HEIGHT: 120cm
Brigitte (Hardy Hybrid) Rhodamine pink flowers produced during May. HEIGHT: 2.4m. SPREAD: 1.8m.
Cowslip (Dwarf) Bell-shaped, pale primrose flowers with pale pink flush in late April. Neat, rounded habit. HEIGHT: 90cm. SPREAD: 90cm.
Cunningham's White (Hardy Hybrid) Pink buds open to white flowers with a yellow blotch in late April. HEIGHT: 2.4m.SPREAD: 1.8m.
Dopey (Yakushimanum Hybrid) Deep red flowers during May. HEIGHT: 80cm. SPREAD: 1m.
Elizabeth Red (Dwarf) Rich red flowers in may on an upright shrub. HEIGHT: 90cm. SPREAD: 130cm.
Firerim (Hardy Hybrid) Deep pink flowers with pale yellow insides in May. HEIGHT: 80cm.
Ginny Gee (Dwarf) Deep pink buds opening to pale pink flowers in April-May. HEIGHT: 70cm. SPREAD: 90cm.

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