Rhododendron 'Blaauw's Pink' (Kurume)
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- Position: partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compost
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May and June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Masses of small, funnel shaped, yellowish-pink flowers in late spring and early summer, and small, mid green leaves. This low growing, evergreen azalea makes a perfect container plant. The luxuriant flowers, each of which contains two rings of petals, one inside the other, are great for brightening a partly shady patio or courtyard garden.
- 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 have one of these ready to plant into a corner bed and I wondered if it was suitable for this position? It's the bottom corner of a south facing garden, where there is a hydrangea that I plan to remove. It's against a wall at the bottom of a slight slope and there's 2 trees in neighbouring gardens so it doesn't get a huge amount of sun. However the hydrangea and large laurel bush beside it are flourishing. Is that a good sign that the azalea could survive there? What should I do to help it get established?Asked on 10/4/2017 by Leanne from North Shields
It is difficult to really get an appreciation of the position from your description, but I would say that the most important thing is that your soil has an acidic pH, and keep in mind that anything planted in a corner will need more water.
As for preparation, ideally you should dig over the area and incorporate lots of composted organic matter before planting. You can also use some Empathy rootgrow ericoid mycorrhizal fungi when you plant, and again, make sure it gets sufficient water.Answered on 12/4/2017 by Helen from crocus
Q:Non poisonous plants for pots please
Hi I wonder if you can help. I have a Nursery school and am looking for some plants I can plant in pots, that are in a partly sunny, partly shady spot. They have to be plants that aren't poisonous and provide interest over as much of the year as possible. I really like the plants in you ready made border section on the website site, particularly shady pink, sunny pink and keep it cool. Could you please tell me if any of these plants are suitable for my needs? Many Thanks JoanneAsked on 9/4/2010 by Happy Hearts Day Nursery
A:Hello Joanne, I think your best option would be to opt for mainly evergreen shrubs as these will provide year-round interest. You can then infill with some of the more colourful perennials. As long as the spot does not get too much shade, then here are some of your best options. Hebe http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hebe/ Vinca http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.vinca/ Pachysandra terminalis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/prices-that-have-been-pruned/pachysandra-terminalis-/classid.3288/ evergreen ferns http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ferns/plcid.309/vid.228/ Rhododendrons (choose the smaller varieties for pots) http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.rhododendron/start.1/sort.0/cat.plants/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Is my Azalea dying?
Just before the hot spell, my neighbour gave me an Azalea (I had been admiring hers). I planted it in a semi-shady spot, several feet away from a tree. However, it has now gone a very dark brown and the leaves are all dry. Is it dead or can I save it? I hate losing it. Hers is still fine and she planted it out in the open. I wonder if I move it to a more shady spot, it will revive? I really want to save it. Please help. JaniceAsked on 11/7/2009 by lJan Lowe Shinebourne
A:Hello Janice, I suspect your lovely Azalea has dried out. When planting under established trees it is crucial that plants are kept really well watered, particulary Azaleas, which are quite shallow rooted. The only thing you can do is to make sure it gets loads of water and hopefully if the damage is not too severe it will come back.Answered on 13/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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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