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Need help with a Rhododendron design

Posted by lschibley 6b Plymouth MA (My Page) on
Sat, May 23, 09 at 21:32

Hi all,

I'm new to Rhododendrons but have wanted them in my garden for years now and I'm finally ready to do some research. I have a 12x12 area with a woodland background and northwestern exposure (some strong afternoon sun) that I would like to fill. My goal is to have a couple of large green-leafed plants, a couple of small maroon-leafed plants, plus possibly an azalea if I have room. There are huge gorgeous rhododendrons all through my neighborhood, so I think conditions are right in terms of soil and climate.

I am also interested in interesting colors: peach, cream, gold, maybe a scarlet for accent.

What is the best way to figure out what cultivars would work with this kind of a design. The variation is endless and I'm willing to do some research, but I am having trouble figuring out where to start. I'd appreciate any thoughts and advice.

Lisa


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RE: Need help with a Rhododendron design

Those colors are better achieved with deciduous azaleas.

Go to the following site for a list of the best plants for your area:

http://www.rhododendron.org/performers6.htm

For a description of each plant click on the Plant Data tab.

Here is a link that might be useful: How to grow rhododendrons and azaleas.


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