Rhododendrons and More Rhododendrons

  • Post published:06/05/2013
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Rhododendrons are in full spectacular bloom now. Many many of them are a single variety magenta variety. This is a shame because rhodies come in so many beautiful colors and shades. My  friend Jerry (who I wrote about earlier)  has been planting rhodies on his hill side for nearly 15 years, and now has a varied collection of about 400 rhododendrons in gorgeous colors. I do not know all the variety names but here is a sampling.

Rododendron with bee

Bees love rhododendron flowers.

Red rhododendron
Shades of pink rhododendron
Lavender rhododendron
Calsap Rhododendron
White rhododendron
Scintillation rhododendron

Scintillation is a very beautiful and popular rhododendron.

Given the right acidic soil rhodies are not difficult to grow. The main thing to remember is that they are shallow rooted plants. As Jerry says, “Keep it simple, just a dimple.” Do not dig a $50 hole and plant them deeply.  Dig a shallow hole and then bring the soil up around the roots and mulch. I have had to transplant half my rhodies because I planted them too deep. They did not die, but they did not thrive, and they did not bloom until they were properly planted.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Denise Hammond

    A picture, or may pictures, are worth a thousand words. So beautiful

  2. bookbabie

    I’ve been busy in my garden for the past few weeks and so enjoying being outside again after a long MI winter! Lovely photos, happy WW!

  3. Christy

    These are absolutely breathtaking!! So many beautiful colors!

  4. Jason

    Gorgeous pictures. I especially like the white and lavender. And that first blue one – I didn’t know there were blue rhododendrons.

  5. I’m having rhododendron envy. I guess it’s your reward for living in a cold climate! Here the only ones you ever see are the traditional “developer” pinkish-purple. It’s nice and all that, but nothing like Jerry’s. Wow!

  6. Gail

    Wow! Pat they are gorgeous and so fresh looking. They never look this good in Middle Tennessee and I often think we shouldn’t bother growing them.

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