Rhododendron (Aronense Group) 'Fumiko'
evergreen azalea (syn. Geisha Purple)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compost
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Masses of frilly, reddish-purple flowers in May and small, dark green leaves, retained all year. This compact, evergreen azalea is ideal for brightening the front of a shrub border with humus-rich, acid soil. Best in part shade it copes well in sun as long as the soil is not allowed to dry out.
- 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:One morning I found a bag of ericaceous soil which we had not opened yet, completely destroyed. About a week later we took out one of three rhododendrons we had planted next to each other, because they were too close, and replanted it about a meter from the old place.
The next morning I found an empty hole where the plant had been, the plant was lying on the ground in front of the border. About half of the stems were torn off. I put the stems in water hoping they will root and replanted the rhodo.
This morning the hole was back, I found the rhodo (or what was left of it) on the opposite border. All the surrounding plants (2 rhodos and one skimmia) had suffered with torn off branches. Which animal is that and why is it so ferocious? Is it the ericaceous soil that we used to replant the rhodo? So far we have only seen squirrels, foxes, birds and cats in our garden (we live in central London), none of them I would suspect of leaving such a site of destruction. Any ideas?Asked on 1/7/2014 by Butterfly224 from Chiswick, London
I'm afraid I am not really sure what could be causing this. My initial thought was a fox as it would seem that they would be the only animal large enough to cause so much havoc, but I have never heard of a fox acting like this.
I'm really sorry not to be more help,Answered on 2/7/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:What evergreen shub would you recommend?
I wonder if you would be good enough to recommend some low(ish) growing, flowering, evergreen shrubs to grow in full sun for part of the day with well drained clay type soil. Kind regards. KeithAsked on 28/6/2009 by keith waters
A:Hello Keith, There are several lovely plants which spring to mind including Daphne, Hypericum, Rhododendron (the smaller cultivars) and Hebe. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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