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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