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Rhododendron & Azalea Plants

Rhododendron and azalea plants are exceptionally versatile shrubs and a must-have for any garden. You can use larger varieties as substantial landscape features, while the smallest will grow happily in a pot for years. Originally from Asia, their exotic flowers are a particular feature and come in a fantastic range of colours.

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Rhododendrons & azaleas

With foliage ranging from evergreen to deciduous, the bell and trumpet shaped flowers of rhododendrons and azaleas put on a spectacular show of whites, pinks, purples, reds and yellows in your garden from late winter to early summer.

Should rhododendrons be deadheaded?

Yes, deadheading rhododendrons is a good idea as it encourages new growth. You can remove any spent flowers after blooming, although you might find that many drop off naturally. Cut just above the leaves when pruning.

What other trees and plants grow with rhododendrons?

Hydrangeas thrive in the same acidic soil as rhododendrons, and add variety in colour and texture. Camellias are a solid pick too, also sharing the preference for acidic soil and partial shade.

How to care for rhododendrons

Rhododendrons tend to thrive in areas of high rainfall. When watering, use rainwater where possible to avoid hard water from the tap. Keep the soil consistently moist – especially during dry periods – but not waterlogged, otherwise root rot can be an issue. If the soil is suitably acidic, extra feeding shouldn’t be necessary. A layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant will help to retain moisture, regulate the soil and suppress weeds.