There is something rather satisfying about having the first Rhododendron in flower in your neighbourhood.It is not completely down to chance though. Here are my selections for the first Pink, White and Red large flowered varieties for your garden. Make a real show in the garden by extending the season!
A superb, bright pink hybrid that emerges from the green stage into a striking candle of pink buds ready to burst into spectacular bloom. This is a rhododendron that revels in being planted in the garden rather than in a pot.
If you are looking for your perfect first Rhododendron this is it. Good tempered, reliable, easy to grow, free flowering - a really excellent all-rounder. The lovely pink buds open to white with a pretty yellow spotted centre with a slight pink blush. Great either directly in the garden or in pots.
This rhododendron has a wonderful big mushroom shape with wonderful large leaves. It is so dense that it makes extremely effective ground cover, squeezing out the weeds. A really lovely flower of bright red, a classic rhododendron shape just as you would expect it.
Extend the Season
If you want a long flowering show in your garden you need to include these and then move onto some mid term flowering and then some later flowering to give you a succession of colour right through late April, May and right up towards the end of June. Watch out for my tips on late flowering hybrids.