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Small-Scale Rhododendrons for Year-Round Interest | Northwest Regional Report

Rhododendrons are an amazing group of stalwart evergreen plants that are often not considered by residential gardeners because they are afraid they’ll end up with one of the very large varieties that take years to bloom and can take over a garden. While there are certainly appropriate settings for those large specimens, here are a few of my favorite smaller-scale rhododendrons ideal for the Pacific Northwest. Whether big or small, all rhododendrons require acidic, well-drained, and humus-rich soil; even, year-round moisture due to their fine fibrous root system; and part-shade/morning-sun exposure for best health and growth.

‘P. J. M. Elite’ rhododendron shines in multiple seasons

‘P. J. M. Elite’ rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘P. J. M. Elite’, Zones 4–8) does an amazing year-round job in the garden. Starting in early to mid-spring, this medium-size shrub puts on a spectacular show of small lavender-purple trusses. These flowers are not only beautiful…

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