- 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
- Flower colour: magenta-red
- Other features: evergreen foliage colours up in winter
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Bred in Germany, this tough, low-growing, evergreen shrub is smothered in bright red flowers in early summer. The normally rich green leaves, often take on a bronze tint and this becomes more pronounced in colder weather, when the foliage can turn dark red. An ornamental addition to the front of a shrub border, it will also flourish in a pot fill with ericaceous compost, provided it is kept well watered.
- Garden care: Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of leaf mould around the base of the plant each spring.
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Q:The soil round here is not suitable for lime-hating plants. I would love to buy Rhododendron Maruschka so please could you tell me what size pot I could use to start it in ? What sort of size pot would it need when it's a mature plant? (I would prefer to leave it in the same pot if possible). Thanks for any help. JudyAsked on 6/8/2014 by Judy from Peterborough
This is a relatively compact form, so I would plant it straight up into a pot measuring around 45 x 45cm, filled with ericaceous compost. It will look a little lost initially, but it can be under-planted with seasonal bedding in the first year or so until it fills out.Answered on 6/10/2014 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 6/28/2009 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 7/4/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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