Plant of the Month March - Rhododendron
This plant can brighten up the darkest shade, which can be the most problematic spaces in the garden. These stunning and perpetually cheerful shrubs flower in all sorts of vibrant colours during spring when we tend to think of most of the colours coming from bulbs. So why not extend the flower power of your garden from ground level to head height and beyond!
Ancient Greek meaning "Rose Tree" the rhododendron is evergreen and deciduous. The family includes azaleas which are frequently used around foundations and occasionally as hedges, and many larger leafed rhododendrons lend themselves well to more informal plantings and woodland gardens.
Rhododendrons prefer acidic soil and sheltered conditions and grow best in areas with high rainfall, compact hybrid rhododendrons can also be planted in containers. Dwarf alpines can be planted in rock gardens.