Rhododendron 'Pleasant White'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compost
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Masses of funnel-shaped white flowers, each with slightly ruffled petals and a central boss of spider-like stamens, clothe the stems in early summer. These look luminous against the backdrop of small, dark green leaves, which are retained throughout the year. This is a dwarf, evergreen azalea, that will make a great potted patio plant. It also makes excellent low cover for lightly shaded borders or woodland settings.
- Garden care: Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of leaf mould around the base of the plant each spring. Protect from strong afternoon sun and cold drying winds.
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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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