Enjoying Rhododendrons

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We thought it was a good time to celebrate a pacific North West garden favorite – the rhododendron! It’s a garden staple in many of our Fraser Valley gardens. The flowers come in a wide range of colours from deep dark purples and reds to the palest of pinks and whites. Some flowers have dark contrasting secondary colours while others are a pure single colour. Flowers are found in clusters at the end of the branches. Some years the early varieties bloom in January; later varieties can bloom well into June. They are considered to be the best flowering evergreen plants for the temperate landscape.

It’s no wonder that some gardeners refer to them as the King of Shrubs.

How about a closer look at this garden favorite?

Now for you botanical splitters – the genus Rhododendron includes both rhododendrons and azaleas. So what is the difference?

The moral is: don’t worry, just enjoy them all!