Why should I plant them?
Rhododendrons are fully hardy ornamentals that can survive temperatures as low as -30°C. They flower so profusely that the branches become obscured by a profusion of beautiful flowers. Rhododendrons come in an array of shades, producing great blocks of colour in the garden that will last throughout spring.
How should I plant them?
Rhododendrons prefer acidic soil and sheltered conditions, and they grow best in areas with high rainfall. They are also happy in raised beds. It’s important not to plant them too deep – the top of the root ball should be level with the ground’s surface, or even an inch or two above it.
Compact hybrid varieties can also be planted in containers, while dwarf alpines are suitable for rock gardens. Other species include azaleas, which are often used as hedges or around foundations, and many larger-leafed rhododendrons lend themselves well to informal planting and woodland gardens.
Did you know?
Rhododendron means ‘Rose Tree’ in Ancient Greek, and there are both evergreen and deciduous varieties.