Thursday, July 14, 2011
Years ago this wasn’t my favorite Rhododendron but it has through the years won me over. One thing that is nice about it is the smaller general habit of the plant. It stays a dense and bushy 4 feet tall by 4 to 5 feet wide. It probably isn’t dwarf but compared to a lot of similar Rhodos it seems that way. It is also always a heavy flowerer coming out with nice trusses of white flowers in the late rhododendron season ( blooms in late May here). The dark green kind of pointed foliage is nice all year. So if you are looking for a dense, slower growing broadleaf evergreen for your garden 'Chionoides' rhododendron is a good choice.
The weather around here is so whacky. After a mini heat wave it is in the 50’s this morning with a good breeze. A little cool for just a tee shirt. Now all we need is some rain, which may come next Tuesday.