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Rhododendrons for Fabulous Flowers

While distinctive foliage can hold the whole season—providing texture, color, and persistence in the garden—it is impossible to deny the power of plants such as rhododendrons when in full bloom. The glory of spring is heralded by these garden stalwarts. Individual flowers may be bell shaped or strongly reflexed, borne singly or packed together en masse in trusses of different shapes. I think many people have been turned off to rhodies, as some garish lavender and pink selections are seen much more often than some with more atypical colors. While these loud colors probably represent the bulk of species and hybrids, there is much diversity that is left underutilized.

 

‘Henry’s Red’ tolerates cold weather and has blooms that sizzle

‘Henry’s Red’ rhododendron
Photo: Leigh Clapp/gapphotos.com

Many fine rhododendron hybrids well suited to cooler gardens were developed by Peter J. Mezitt of Weston Nurseries in Massachusetts. Ever hear…

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