Hardy Hybrid Rhododendrons

 

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Dreamland
RHS Award
Dreamland

RHS AGM
Parentage: Fabia x (discolor hybrid x griersonianum) x (discolor hybrid x eriogynum) x (Jalisco elict x griersonianum).
Introduced: 1974 by Waterers
Flower description: Pale-pink flowers with darker edges. Flowers May.
Height & habit: 60-100cm/2-3ft approx. in 10 years.  An evergreen, Dreamland is a dwarf Hardy Hybrid of compact habit and dark foliage.
Uses: The bold flowers bring a splash of colour to the garden in spring and the evergreen foliage makes a useful screen and backdrop to other plants for the rest of the year.

Pink Pearl
Pink Pearl

Parentage:  'George Hardy' x 'Broughtonii'.
Introduced: before 1897 by Waterers
Flower description: Large conical trusses of frilly edged flowers, rose coloured in bud opening to flesh pink, paling later. Flowers April/May.
Height & habit: 2m+/6ft approx. in 10 years.  An evergreen, Pink Pearl is a strong growing shrub, upright and dense.
Uses: The bold flowers bring a splash of colour to the garden in spring and the evergreen foliage makes a useful screen and backdrop to other plants for the rest of the year.

Cosmopolitan
RHS Award
Cosmopolitan

Parentage:  'Cunningham White' x 'Vesuvius'.
Introduced: 1957
Flower description: Rounded pink trusses with a crimson blotch. Flowers May.
Height & habit: 1.2-2m/4-6ft approx. in 10 years.  An evergreen, Cosmopolitan has a dense spreading habit with glossy green leaves.
Uses: The bold flowers bring a splash of colour to the garden in spring and the evergreen foliage makes a useful screen and backdrop to other plants for the rest of the year.

Lady C.Mitford
RHS Award
Lady C.Mitford

RHS AGM  
Parentage:  maximum hybrid.
Introduced:  Pre 1870
Flower description: Trusses of peach pink flowers paling to blush in the centre with greenish brown markings.  Flowers late May.
Height & habit: 1.2-2m/4-6ft approx. in 10 years.  An evergreen, Lady C Mitford has a medium growing dense habit with large glossy green leaves.
Uses: The bold flowers bring a splash of colour to the garden in spring and the evergreen foliage makes a useful screen and backdrop to other plants for the rest of the year.

Mrs Charles E. Pearson
RHS Award

Mrs Charles E. Pearson

RHS AGM            
Parentage:  Coombe Royal x catawbiense grandiflorum.
Introduced: 1909
Flower description: Funnel shaped flowers, pink in bud open pale lavender-pink and fade to white.  Flowers May.
Height & habit: 2m+/6ft+ approx. in 10 years.  An evergreen, Mrs Charles E. Pearson has a stout erect habit.
Uses: The bold flowers bring a splash of colour to the garden in spring and the evergreen foliage makes a useful screen and backdrop to other plants for the rest of the year.

Rocket
RHS Award
Rocket

Parentage:  'Cunningham's White' x red catawbiense seedling.
Introduced: 1958
Flower description: Conical trusses of funnel shaped coral-pink flowers with a scarlet blotch. Flowers April/May.
Height & habit: 1.2-2m/4-6ft approx. in 10 years.  An evergreen, Rocket makes a compact shrub with dark green foliage.
Uses: The bold flowers bring a splash of colour to the garden in spring and the evergreen foliage makes a useful screen and backdrop to other plants for the rest of the year.

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