Rhodo­den­drons to stun

Bay News - - GARDENING -

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.

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