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- 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
Fiery red funnel-shaped flowers light up the garden in late spring and early summer, creating a jaw-dropping blaze of colour. The semi-evergreen foliage is also rally attractive, as it turns from rich green to red as the temperatures drop in winter. With these two seasons of interest, this is a great shrub to liven things up in the border. It mixes well with other hot coloured flowers including oranges and yellows, and can be used as a contrast for deep purples.
- Garden care: Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of leaf mould around the base of the plant each spring. AProtect from hot afternoon sun and cold drying winds.
Dried up buds fail to open then turn hard and brown. They are covered lots of tiny black bristly growths, which are full of spores. The plant is healthy in all other respects. The plants most commonly affected include rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias.Read full article
Buds form, sometimes to their full size and then drop off with no apparent reason. A period of dry weather while the buds are forming usually causes this. Camellia and rhododendrons are more susceptible and a few days of drought at the end of the summer cRead full article