Rhododendron 'Anah Kruschke'
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compost
- Rate of growth: slow to average
- Flowering period: May and June
- Other features: leaves retained all year
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Full trusses of lavish, reddish-purple flowers in May and June and handsome, dark green leaves, retained all year. This large-flowered hybrid rhododendron copes well with heat and sun. Vigorous and upright in habit it's ideal for a shrub border or woodland edge with well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil.
- Garden care: Avoid planting too deeply. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of leaf mould around the base of the plant each spring.
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Q:I am struggling to replace a hedge in our garden. We replanted new 2 year old green beech plants the year before last in an area where beech plants had previously died. They were well mulched and watered but many of them have died again. The area to be hedged is at the bottom of our garden (the rest of which has a thriving 25+ year old beech hedge) it is in partial shade (due to a large pine - 100 feet tall, two large Japanese maples and two beech trees). We are reluctant to fence this part of the garden as we much prefer a living boundary. The garden has lovely rhododendrons and azaleas due to acid clay soil and I wondered if they might be suitable to fill in the gaps where the beech has died? Any tips on varieties would be useful or alternative suggestions of shrubs. Our neighbours use the area behind the boundary as a seating area so we would like quite a dense screen to give us both some privacy. We live in Warwickshire so conditions are not extraordinary!Asked on 7/4/2013 by Hedge lover from Kenilworth, Warwickshire
It is very difficult when planting near existing large trees. Their massive root system will be taking up all the available water and nutrients and this makes it extremely hard for new plants to get established as their tiny root balls just can't compete. Rhododendrons do have quite a shallow root ball, so unless they get a reliable source of water, they will not flourish. Other plants suitable for dry shade include..
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