Zone: 4 – 9
Bloom Time: Spring
Height: 3′ to 12′ (depending on the variety)
As long as the soil conditions are acidic and regular moisture is provided, rhododendrons are the perfect shade loving flowering shrub for the mid-story. They thrive in the dappled shade under trees.
Rhododendrons need shelter from winds and the sun, and require little or no pruning.
Mulch is important to protect the shallow roots and replace nutrients.
I like the contrast in shape of the evergreen leaves among the needled yews.
Rhododendron’s range of colors and spring bloom times provide a succession of fabulous blossom from April to June.
When the early Rhododendrons are covered in magenta or fuchsia flowers, my heart sings and my soul recovers from the blight of winter.