Calling all gardeners!
April and May are the height of the rhododendron show here in the Seattle area, but not everyone knows that by choosing varieties properly, you can enjoy those beautiful blooms nearly year-round. While many rhodies, like Bob's Blue, above left, are on full display now, others will bloom in summer, fall, even winter. Sky’s great selection of your favorite spring-blooming hybrid rhodies are joined by a number of seed-grown species rhodies from Olympic Peninsula specialist grower Chimacum Woods. Their plants show rhododendrons’ immense diversity, not only of bloom time, but also of size, leaf shape and color, and flower color and form. We at Sky are pleased to have Chimacum Woods as one of our local suppliers. Here are a few of their offerings that are particularly noteworthy:
Rhododendron glanduliferum, above right, is an Asian native relatively new to the West. First introduced in 1995, it is limited in the wild due to destruction of its native habitat, so buying seed-grown plants supports the species' genetic diversity. Its large white flowers are deliciously fragrant, but it's perhaps most notable for its bloom time: August and September! Imagine this snowy beauty in your late-summer garden.
Rhododendron spinuliferum is unusual for its flower form, not its bloom time. Its flowers defy all rhododendron logic. Held in tight, upright cluster, they look like miniature firecrackers! They can be red, orange, or even white. This plant is definitely a garden conversation starter!
For winter bloom, consider a species Rhododendron praevernum, or one of the early hybrids such as the aptly-named 'Christmas Cheer.'
Come see all the great rhododendrons Sky has to offer now, and our superlative selection of other show-stopping plants for your garden.
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