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plants that go with rhododendrons?

Posted by bottley z8B PNW (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 10, 03 at 14:27

I moved into a house with a large bed that is dominated by 3 large rhododendrons. I'm not fond of rhodos, but these have been here for so long that they would be hard to dig up and are too big to move (about 6' tall).

This area of the garden is quite shady but in summer receives about 5 hours of morning sunlight. What can I plant under and around them for summer colour, preferably perennial?

I am in the Pacific Northwest.


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RE: plants that go with rhododendrons?

Rhodos have very shallow, fragile roots. I think I would probably just mulch.

By the way, they are pretty forgiving when cut back, and they transplant pretty easily (in case you decide you'd like to move them after all).


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RE: plants that go with rhododendrons?

I had to move our over 10-year-old Rhododendron in the fall because I had to make room for a truck delivery of a shed. I like it better where it is now, and it appears to be doing fine. I was am going to put more mulch around it, but I also thought of trying to plant an annual vine like Morning Glory (at the end of May - for zone 5) that could use it to grow on.


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RE: plants that go with rhododendrons?

I love smaller leaved azaleas mixed in with them, but they bloom in spring too. Another thing you could add would be Hydrangeas,which bloom in summer and come in various sizes and shapes.

Other shade lovers are hostas, which look lice all summer, but don't produce much of a flower. I'm not sure about perenial shade lovers, but you might check out the cottage forum where many use perenials.


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RE: plants that go with rhododendrons?

astilbe would be nice. pulmonaria. I have a silver one called Majeste that looks great near my rhodies. Coral bells. Daylilies. 5 hours of sun is pretty good. There should be many perennials that will do fine there.

Wendy


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RE: plants that go with rhododendrons?

I've had some great luck with the rhodies at my parent's house, underplanting them with lily of the valley and the japanese 'painted' ferns. the LoV will grow in DEEP shade, and since the wild rhodies and laurels all seem to have ferns growing near them, it seemed like a natural match.


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RE: plants that go with rhododendrons?

japanese painted fern; hostas of any kind; heuchera; hardy gloxinia are awesome grouped near the front; lysimachia 'goldi' as a groundcover.


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RE: plants that go with rhododendrons?

Where I grew up in NoCA on the coast, species fuschia grew wild with the Rhodies...

Here is a link that might be useful: species fuchsia...


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RE: plants that go with rhododendrons?

ooh- fuschias and Rhodies? what a match- Van, they're houseplants around here- but I could put them in their baskets on short pedestals, and get the same effect- you're a genius!~


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RE: plants that go with rhododendrons?

I have about 30 Rhodys. I have found that violets work well around them. I also mulch and the violets just keep growing and their fragrance is wonderful. They don't bloom all of the time but mine are blooming right now and will bloom some off and on all year.


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