(Rhododendron, Unique Rhododendron)
A winner of several plaudits including the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit, this hybrid rhododendron bears domed clusters of creamy white, pink-suffused flowers with red-speckled upper lobes. The wide-flaring funnel-shaped open from rose-pink buds from early to mid-spring. The dense rounded shoulder-high plants have leathery oval dark green leaves.
Like most rhododendrons, 'Unique' favors chilly winters, moderate summers, and well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil. Plant it...
(Evergreen Azalea, Veronica Azalea)
A Belgian Indica Hybrid, this evergreen azalea bears showy clusters of large double purplish-pink flowers in late winter and early spring. It may bloom from late fall to spring in frost-free areas. The mounded waist-high plants have elliptic dark glossy-green leaves.
Primarily derived from the East Indian species Rhododendron simsii, Rhododendron indicum, and Rhododendron murconatum, Belgian Indica Hybrid azaleas were originally developed for greenhouse forcing but...
Auburn University Horticulture Department, Auburn, AL
An dense upright waist-high shrub that bears showy few-flowered clusters of large single white flowers with rose-red rims, this is one of a number of evergreen azaleas introduced by James Harris of Lawrenceville, Georgia, in the 1970s and 1980s. The wide-flaring funnel-shaped blooms appear in spring. The small, hairy, elliptic, mid-green leaves assume coppery hues in cold weather.
Harris azaleas prefer partial shade and highly organic acid soil that is evenly moist but well-drained. Plant...
(Rhododendron, Vinecrest Rhododendron)
One of relatively few rhododendrons that offer yellow flowers and superior cold-hardiness, this hybrid bears showy rounded clusters of fragrant greenish-yellow blooms in mid-spring. The flaring, funnel-shaped flowers have faint brown streaking on their upper lobes. This dense rounded chest-high shrub has long elliptic glossy olive-green leaves.
Like most rhododendrons, 'Vinecrest' favors chilly winters, moderate summers, and well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil. Plant it shallowly and mulch...
(Rhododendron, Virginia Richards Rhododendron, Whitney Hybrid Rhododendron)
Offering luscious pastel-toned flowers on compact plants, this is one of many large-leaved rhododendron hybrids developed by William E. Whitney of Brinnon, Washington. It bears generous spherical clusters of funnel-shaped wavy edged flowers that are soft pink with creamy undertones when they open in mid-spring. The blooms fade to pale yellow. The dense upright shoulder-high plants have elliptic yellow-green leaves.
Like most rhododendrons, 'Virginia Richards' favors chilly winters, moderate...
David C. Royster
(Rhododendron, Vivacious Rhododendron)
Showy in flower and compact in habit, this hybrid rhododendron bears large spherical clusters of rich pure red flowers from mid to late spring. The wide-flaring funnel-shaped blooms are unmarked and unscented. This dense broad chest-high shrub has long elliptic medium-green leaves.
Like most rhododendrons, 'Vivacious' favors chilly winters, moderate summers, and well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil. Plant it shallowly and mulch well to conserve moisture and suppress weeds. Do any necessary...
David C. Royster
A hardy hybrid that bears large domed clusters of fiery red flowers in mid- to late spring, this evergreen rhododendron is actually a group of several clones that resulted from the same cross. The wide-flaring, wavy-edged, funnel-shaped flowers are unscented. This rounded head-high cultivar has large elliptic dark green leaves with pointed tips.
Like most rhododendrons, 'Vulcan' prefers some shade and a highly organic acid soil that is evenly moist but well-drained. Plant it shallowly and...
(Evergreen Azalea, Kurume Azalea, Wakaebisu Azalea)
Kurume azalea ‘Wakaebisu’ is a compact evergreen shrub with a rounded to spreading habit and attractive tiered branches. It blooms in late spring and bears profuse clusters of single salmon-pink blooms with a darker spotted blotch. The flowers are funnel-shaped and moderately sized with ruffled edges.
These popular evergreen shrubs are grown for their mid to late spring showy blooms and neat habit. The slow-growing plants are mounding to tiered and wider that tall. Small, funnel-shaped blooms...