Exceptionally cold hardy and almost impossibly beautiful, Rhododendron 'Ramapo' is a very compact evergreen shrub that is highly rated for cold climates. Sign up for a free trial and get access to ALL our regional content, plus the rest Its funnel shaped flowers with ruffled edges are pale mauve to lavender-blue with a distinctive dark blotch. They originate from coastal Japan and have adapted to the tough conditions of cold and salty seaside air. Their typical size is 3 feet tall and wide, but they can get a little larger. Gardeners can be confident when choosing any of the following selections—these are the best of the best! Your local nursery should carry these tough, beautiful rhododendrons, or you can order them online. Rhododendron and azalea plants come in all sorts of colors and sizes. However, if you live where soils are alkaline, it is probably best to choose another plant or grow the rhododendron in a container. Well, true, there are a few rhododendrons native to the Pacific Northwest. Rhododendrons and azaleas prefer slightly acid soils. Photograph by Bill Heller. As the bloom season winds down in early June, it signals a perfect time to groom and prune your rhododendrons to keep them from outgrowing their space. ‘Skookum’ In horticultural circles today, form and texture are much ballyhooed in landscape design; yet, flower color will always have a powerful allure—much like the mythical Siren’s song. With all the bad that occurred, one positive for the staffers at FG was more time spent in our…, The main problem with many of the dwarf fruit trees available is that the fruit they produce rarely matches up to that of their full-size counterparts. These flowers are not only beautiful but beneficial for the early pollinators and hummingbirds in the Pacific Northwest. Elisabeth Miller Botanical Garden Whether big or small, all rhododendrons require acidic, well-drained, and humus-rich soil; even, year-round moisture due to their fine fibrous root system; and part-shade/morning-sun exposure for best health and growth. All content is made possible by the generous gifts of our supporters. However, those rhododendrons growing in poor soil need feeding. Here are a […] The best time to prune these plants is soon after flowering, so not to interfere with flower bud formation for the following year. Purple is such a popular color that Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens on Whidbey Island, Washington has a special “Purple Passion Rhododendron Sale” in May (see What’s Happening, page 9). ‘Nancy Evans’ Whidbey Island, WA, Frank Fujioka Washington State’s official flower is the beautiful Pacific Rhododendron, R. macrophyllum. After enduring months of short days and slate gray skies throughout the Northwest, the yearning for color in the garden becomes intense. Along with bright blood red flowers, R. ‘Grace Seabrook’ received handsome foliage from its parents, R. ‘The Hon. Winsome 2-3’, bright pink. Bicolor Hybrid Rhododendron Collection ‘Elsie Watson’ ‘Fantastica’ ‘Hachmann’s Charmant’ ‘Manda Sue’ ‘Naselle’ All selections in the Great Plant Picks have been chosen for their suitability in USDA hardiness zones 7 and 8, which covers most of the Pacific Northwest, west of the Cascades. Mr. President, Members of the American Rhododendron Society. Membership benefits apply to gifts of $50+: – Invitations to special members-only events Prepare for frost by buying frost blankets to protect vulnerable crops as well as perennials, shrubs, and trees. The only minor caveat is that ‘Taurus’ must be about five years old before it begins to flower, but it is definitely worth the wait. The flowering shrub grows along the coast of California, Oregon, Washington, and into British Columbia. This large growing, vigorous rhododendron tolerates exposure to full sun. There you will find photographs, fact sheets, selection criteria, and current evaluation reports. Rhododendron ‘Horizon Monarch’. What can we say about 2020 that hasn’t already been said? Over 100 Varieties of Rhododendrons and Azaleas Rainier Rhododendrons offers over 100 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas including species, hybrid and dwarf rhododendrons. Get complete site access to decades of expert advice, regional content, and more, plus the print magazine. The Pacific Northwest and along the northern California fog belt are two prime locations. Among woody ornamental shrubs, who can resist the dazzling blossoms of roses, camellias, forsythia, hydrangeas, and rhododendrons. They also require a slightly acid soil. Dora Amateis 2-3’, white. In early to mid spring, it bears a profusion of small clusters of light violet-purple flowers which contrast beautifully with aromatic foliage. Scarlet Wonder 3’ red, lovely habit. Federal Way, WA. ‘Vulcan’ To join our mailing list, please call 206/362-8612. His book, Ask Ciscoe, remains a best seller. ‘P. of the member-only content library. But there over 900 species of rhododendron and countless more thousands of hybrids that are not native to this area. All this adds up to a perfect rhododendron formula. It looks great en masse under a specimen tree, interplanted in rock gardens, or as a small-scale evergreen hedge. It was a small way to say thank you for the efforts…. ‘Mrs Furnivall’ ", Back in May, Fine Gardening committed to planning and planting a garden for Karen, an emergency department nurse. Three in the red collection that bloom in late April are Rhododendron ‘Double Winner’, ‘Taurus’, and ‘Grace Seabrook’, the latter usually the earliest of these to bloom. Rhodies and Azaleas have shallow root systems and prefer a thin layer of mulch, under 1". As such they perform best when the soil is acidic (with a pH between 4.5 and 6.0). ‘Trail Blazer’ The prolific flowers of R. ‘Fantastica’ are deep rose shading inward to a white throat. R. ‘Elsie Watson’ and ‘Hachmann’s Charmant’ have somewhat similar coloring, with a picotee edge of red purple and a white center; the former has a small maroon star in the center, whereas the latter has a large maroon blotch. it was the inspiration for the Pacific Horticulture logo, which was designed in the 1970s by artist Wynn Hayakawa, daughter of the late Margedant Hayakawa, a founding board member and former president of Pacific Horticultural Foundation. Yellow-flowered rhododendrons add warmth to the suffused greens of the woodland garden. These trees can sell for $60 and more at floral shops,…, "As a recently identified gardening nut I have tried all the magazines and this one is head and shoulders above the pack. Indeed, rhododendrons are one of the most popular shrubs grown in Pacific Northwest gardens, where the generally mild climate favors a wide range of species and cultivars. This doesn’t mean you can’t keep planting and growing crops or other plants. Small Tough Rhododendrons: Aloha 2-3’, white with pink. Here is a vigorous plant which typifies all that is good about rhododendrons. Rhododendron ‘Double Winner’. Reliable Rhododendron Species for Pacific Northwest Woodland Gardens Rudolph Henny, Brooks, Oregon This paper was prepared by our Bulletin Editor shortly before he passed away, for presentation before the Seattle Chapter, but was never given. ©Rainier Rhododendrons - Rhododendrons from Western Washington - 1.360.870.2139 The Pacific Northwest is … There is also R. ‘Blue Boy’ which, as the name suggests, has more blue in the flowers, bestowing a vibrant violet color with an almost black blotch. Don’t plant too deep as this may damage or kill the plant. While some may complain of an overuse of this beautiful shrub, there is no avoiding the fact that rhododendrons continue to be popular and well loved. Of the selected bicolors, Rhododendron ‘Naselle’ has a unique shading of watermelon on the lobes, merging into light custard, with burnt sugar speckles inside the large, fluted blossoms. Tropical Late-Season Interest for the Northwest, 7 Easy Fruit Trees to Grow Right in Your Own Backyard, Traveling Plants | Letter from the Editor, A Fool and His Garden | Letter from the Editor, Dahlias Don’t Ask Much | Letter from the Editor, It’s Just Business | Letter from the Editor. ‘Fantastica’ Rhododendrons and Azaleas in Bloom General Rhododendron Care Rhododendrons and azaleas are a must-have for many gardens in the Pacific Northwest. Pacific Northwest Rhododendron 'Improvers': ... One of the best is named 'Elizabeth' for Queen Mother Elizabeth and introduced to English gardens just before World War II in 1939. – Discounted admission to select partner events. and cvs., Zones 4-9) are an amazing group of stalwart evergreen plants that are often not considered by residential gardeners because they are afraid they’ll end up with one of the very large varieties that take years to bloom and can take over a garden. Starting in early to mid-spring, this medium-size shrub puts on a spectacular show of small lavender-purple trusses. They grow best in cli mates that avoid extremes in temperature and have substantial rainfall. Our stock changes daily, please call or visit to check availability. Given the number of cultivars available, narrowing down the “best for the Northwest” list was no small assignment. – Discounted rates on travel programs J. M. Elite’ rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘P. Photograph by Al Dodson. 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