Rhododendrons to stun
There aren’t many shrubs with blooms that rival the beautiful flower trusses of rhododendrons.
If you glance around you will see many beautiful rhododendrons merrily flowering away. They make a fantastic show through springtime and come in many sizes and colours . . . red, pink, purple, white, yellow, black and shades between.
One of the best things about rhodos is their hardiness and trouble free habit. They are a perfect shrub for backbone plantings, underplantings, borders, lawn specimens, containers and even hedges!
Originating from the mountains of Nepal, rhodos do prefer a cool climate; however the varieties available to us in Tauranga are selected hybrids and grow extremely well here.
If you have a smaller garden, don’t despair as you can get dwarf varieties— some of my favourites include the lovely red Rubicon and Baden Baden, peachy Percy Wiseman and the fragrant white John Bull. If you have more space plant Mt Everest (white), Purple Heart or Blue Moon, Taurus and Kaponga (red) or the stunning Sir Robert Peel (hot pink).
Plant rhodos with some good moisture holding compost and Ican 24month slow release fertiliser and keep them well watered through hot dry spells, especially whilst they are becoming established over the first couple of years.
Once the roots are in, rhodos will give you many years of pleasure— as can be seen in some of the very big and old ones currently flowering around Tauranga.
So if it’s value for money and longevity you are after, choose a few rhodos. At Decor Gardenworld we have a large range of rhodo plants which are full of buds and flowers . . . but be quick. as stocks are limited.
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Rhododendrons come in all sizes and colours.