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Regional Picks: Plants That Glow – Midwest

Fine Gardening – Issue 176

Midwest

 

1. ‘Molly Fordham’ Rhododendron

 

Name: Rhododendron ‘Molly Fordham’

Zones: 5 to 7

Size: 4 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide

Conditions: Partial shade; well-drained, acidic soil

When the pink-tinged buds of ‘Molly Fordham’ rhododendron open to a ruffled white snowstorm of flowers that smother the plant, garden neighbors are relegated to a temporary midspring back seat. The sterile flowers of this shrub mean a long bloom season without deadheading. They also mean you’ll get heavy blossoming every year. During the growing season, this rhodie sports small, leathery leaves that are a medium green. ‘Molly Fordham’ retains nearly all of its leaves throughout winter and stays dense and compact.

 

2. Variegated Rock Cotoneaster

 

Name: Cotoneaster atropurpureus ‘Variegatus’

Zones: 5 to 7

Size: 18 to 24 inches high and 4 to 5 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil

Variegated rock cotoneaster is subtle yet cool. This sometimes hard-to-find cascading cutie has fine-textured green…

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