The Rhododendron President Roosevelt with variegated foliage has the wow factor according to some who see it.
I guess at one time I would have fully agreed. However in recent years having been in touch with so many gardeners I have found that my fondness for variegated foliage is not shared by everyone. In fact, some see variegation as almost an abomination.
Although I may now look upon variegation with a slightly different eye these days I cant say that I share the dislike to any great extent. Take Hostas for instance. I think even the hardcore of the plain green brigade would find it difficult to dislike them.
Well anyway, what do you think of the Rhododendron President Roosevelt?
I wouldnt say that its my favourite Rhododendron in the garden but it is quite eye catching.
The conical clusters of red and white blooms held above the showy foliage usually appears in the third week of May, they were a little later this year owing to the very late Spring. However June has been better than normal and everything is now hunky dory.
• Hardiness *** Fully hardy
• Position *** Partial shade/acidic soil
• Height *** Will eventually reach 6ft
The very poor Spring did hold back the Rhododendrons and Azaleas a couple of weeks, however most of them still bloomed as well as usual. Here below is how a few of them were looking in June.
I know the names of very few of these, the first one below is quite a deep purple Rhoddie and is the last one of all to bloom in the garden
This pink one below in the main border of the back garden is the first Rhododendron we planted in our garden about twenty seven years ago.
Here we have a Rhododendron by the pond adding a splash of colour to the area.
I may have mentioned that President Roosevelt may not quite be my favourite Rhododendron.
This one below in our woodland, (Taurus) most definitely is. Flowers April/May and is quite outstanding.
They really do perform well in this bed near our patio area.
We have two of the Azalea Luteum in the round garden. I like the colour of this one and I think I may be correct in saying that it is the most fragrant Azalea available, you may well be able to tell me differently.
The aptly named Azalea Glowing Embers also in the round garden makes quite a striking statement.
The very pink dwarf evergreen Azalea in one of the Heather beds gives a good show in late May but to be quite honest I think it suits this position best of all when the flowers have gone over.
Walk through our garden gate and we have a narrow passageway eighteen ft long. The raised border in this area has a few choice plants. Well if they are so choice why dont I know the name of this Azalea.
Below is a picture of the main area of the back garden, taken in the evening of July 4th.
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