Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Laurelle's Favourite Rhodos Part 2

Five Cool and Unusual Rhododendrons

Posted By: in Rhododendrons

Well here is the long awaited part of my favourite Rhododendrons.

These beauties are somewhat harder to find and are not always in stock. If you're looking for something just a little bit out of the ordinary, here are five cool and unusual Rhododendrons worth planting:

rhododendron pseudocrysanthemum

Rhododendron pseudochrysanthemum

This tiny little Rhodo with the deep green ‘tough as nails’ leaves with a red underside grows 1foot by 1 foot in 10 years.

It is compact looking a bit like a hedgehog. It gets pale pink to white flowers mid spring. A great little variety in a rockery or a pot.

rhododendron rock rose

Rhodendron raecemosum ‘Rock Rose’

This variety has a very interesting form with very upright reddish pink stems with small somewhat curled leaves with a white underside. 

The fresh bright pink flowers in March and April add another dimension of light an depth to this plant.  A worthwhile addition for colour, form and texture it is on my own ‘want’ list. 

Grows 3 feet by 3 feet in 10 years.

rhododendron campylogynum

Rhododendron campylogynum

A lovely deceptively delicate looking little variety from Tibet.  Individual soft violet pink flowers which emerge in April and May hang upside down like prayer bells . 

The small oval leaves are a deep rich green and are aromatic, the new leaves open a glossy grass green. 

This little plant gets to about 2 ½ feet by 2 ½ feet in 10 years.

rhododendron honey butter

Rhododendron ‘Honey Butter’

Wow!  This one produces huge trusses of buttery orange flowers with pink midribs in May.  It is not a subtle rhodo, this one explodes with enthusiasm! 

The new growth comes on a burgundy red colour followed by rich green clean new growth.  

The height is 5 feet by 5 feet in 10 years.

rhododendron cherry cheesecake

Rhododendron ‘Cherry Cheescake’

The flowers are bourne in large clusters and are a very tropical looking white with cherry red edging and speckled blotch. 

It is a larger growing rhodo reaching 5 feet by 5 feet in 10 years with lovely long fresh green leaves. 

These and many other Rhododendrons are available at Arts Nursery year round. Best selection available between March and June. Please call ahead to confirm availability of specific varieties.

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle is a certified horticulturalist and Landscape designer. She is currently an up and coming apple guru, growing over 120 cultivars which explains her passion for edible garden design. Laurelle works part time for Art’s Nursery. You can also interact with her through Art’s monthly newsletter, our blog and our gardening channel on YouTube.


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