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Blue Peter Rhodo.
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'Blue Peter' has been gardened since 1933. Its immediate heritage is not really known, but it's one of the classic American "Iron Clads," such as are cold-hardy (to minus ten for Blue Peter), & tolerates considerable sunlight or heat.

It has R. cawtawbiense prominantly in its family tree, with most likely some R. ponticum tossed in. But the specific Catawba & Ponticum cultivars that produced it went unrecorded.

It is one of the most gorgeous of the old classics & not likely ever to be displaced in gardeners' affections.

Blue Peter has been used in further hybridizations in the endless attempt to achieve a true blue large evergreen rhododendron. It is, however, like most so-called blues, not quite blue, but rather the palest violet-lavender with dark maroon speckled blotches in the throat, having frilled edges to the individual trumpets.

The frills & dark throat give it almost the look of an orchid's bloom, & in just the right light you really can fool yourself that it is pale blue. 

Blue Peter RhododendronThe blooms are quite large, which can look unproportional on an infant shrub such as we obtained. So my trick was to provide it with a space where it had room to grow but where it seemed an extension of something already large, so that Blue Peter isn't required to immediately stand on its own as a specimen.

The specific location is on the back edge of the property near a hawthorn tree, in an area that is virtually never watered & only the compost heap is ever tended. It's on a sudden drop-off with rather too good a drainage, so that Blue Peter often experiences droughty conditions, reliant on natural rainfall. But for an iron-clad rhody, neglect cannot harm it.

How long before a tiny shrub can be proud as the center of attention? Well, optimistic growers consider it to be fast-growing, but that is on the rhody scale of slow, awfully slow, & where is that damned bus anyway. If you're used to the speed of spiraeas then Blue Peter will appear motionless, but compared to other rhodies he'll seem to be sprawling & upreaching in no time.


 
 
Zone: 5a
Height: 4ft
Spread: 4ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers:pale lavender blooms late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage: evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist
Comments: beautiful...great for small gardens

 
 


 
Fantastica Rhodo.
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This variety belongs to the group of Rhododendron yakushimanum Evergreen Hybrids. Everyone should find room for at least one of these in their garden! These stunning hybrids are very compact in growth but have large blooms and very attractive foliage. Flowers borne in late Spring are typically a deeper colour in bud and opening to the most beautiful shades which are strongly influenced by their yakushimanum parentage. They are perfect subjects for the small garden and are suitable for growing in pots, providing their cultural requirements are met.

They are ericaceous plants i.e. they require acidic to neutral soils (pH7 or lower) and generally will not thrive in more alkaline conditions (i.e. high in lime, pH7.5 or higher). This group is very hardy and more tolerant of full sun and windy exposures than other rhododendrons but they have the same requirement for a moist but well drained soil that is rich in organic matter.

Rhododendrons are surface rooting and have very fine roots so extra care is needed when planting, adding in plenty of organic matter (such as leaf mould, peat or good quality ericaceous compost) to the planting area to form a nice friable mixture. They will not thrive if planted too deeply so keep to the same depth as your plant is growing in its pot. Water the plant thoroughly and ensure the plant is thoroughly soaked at its roots at all times during any dry spells.


 
 
Zone: 5b
Height: 4ft
Spread: 5ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: pink blooms late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage: evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist
Comments: beautiful...great for small gardens

 
 
 


 
Florence Parks Rhodo.
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Perhaps the best hardy purple to date. Florence Parks blooms heavy and the deep purple flowers form a star shaped whorl to show off exceptionally nice, dark foliage. This is a great production plant!

Zone: 4
Height: 5ft
Spread: 6ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: dark purple blooms late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage: evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist
Comments: beautiful...great for small gardens

 
 
 


Haaga Rhodo.
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Haaga Rhododendron is smothered in stunning clusters of lightly-scented shell pink trumpet-shaped flowers with pink centers at the ends of the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds. It has green foliage.
 
A relatively new broadleaf evergreen shrub with large clusters of dark pink flowers with orange freckles; evergreen; requires snow cover; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil; use plenty of peat moss when planting.
 
A dwarf variety with upright growth!
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 4
Height: 4ft
Spread: 4ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: dark pink blooms late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage: evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist
Comments: beautiful...great for small gardens
 
 
 

 
Hellikki Rhodo.
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A very hardy variety from the University of Helsinki, Finland.  Dark violet-red flowers blooms late in spring. A late bloomer with violet-red blooms. Buds and new growth have a felted coating that persists on the undersides of the leaves. Grows 5 feet tall and wide. Developed by Dr. Peter Tigerstedt at the University of Helsinki, Finland and further tested by the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, it has proven to exhibit bud hardiness to at least -29 degrees F. Bloom size is impressive and dark green foliage is large and evergreen.
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 4
Height: 5-6ft
Spread: 5-6ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: violet - red blooms late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage: evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist
Comments: beautiful...great for small gardens
 
 

 
Helskinki University Rhodo.
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Evergreen foliage emerges tinged with red. Upright habit and late-spring colour!
 
It may hail from Finland, but this super-hardy shrub is making itself right at home here in the Maritimes. Its large trusses of bright pink, red-orange-speckled, lightly scented blooms appear in late spring, immediately grabbing the attention of every passerby. The flowers emerge from distinctive rose buds that are just a hint of the show to come!
The dense, evergreen foliage emerges tinged with red, maturing to a rich, glossy green. Its multi-stemmed habit takes on a more or less rounded form, and its somewhat course texture means it makes a lovely contrast to plants with finer foliage. With an upright habit and a promise of alluring late-spring colour, this evergreen is sure to become a popular selection for foundation plantings from one side of the country to the other.
 'Helsinki University' is a relatively low-maintenance shrub and only needs to be pruned after flowering. It does need well-drained, highly acidic, organic soil and likes plenty of peat moss when it's planted. This rhodo has a low canopy and tends to grow pretty slowly, eventually reaching a width of 3-4' and a height of 4-6.' Treat it well, and this lovely shrub could very well live for 30 years!
 
 
Zone: 4
Height: 4-6ft
Spread: 3-4ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: bright-pink blooms late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage: evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist
Comments: beautiful
 
 

 
Ingrid Mehlquist Rhodo.
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Frilly white flowers emerge from pinky-lavender buds in small but very full and abundant trusses. An exceptional rock-hardy yak hybrid with great foliage. The low, compact plant buds heavily from a young age and has been identified in scientific studies as being highly resistant to phytopthera (root rot disease).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Zone: 4b
Height: 2ft
Spread: 3ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: white to light pink blooms late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage: evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist
Comments: beautiful and small

 
 
 
 

 
Mikkeli Rhodo.
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The lush foliage provides an excellent backdrop for it's clusters of pure white flowers with pink and green markings.  A dense, compact and well-branched variety.  Another very hardy introduction from the  University of Helsinki, Finland.
 
Rich pink buds open to lovely white flowers flushed with soft pink and speckled greenish-brown. Very late, but worth the wait. New growth is covered with silver down, while mature leaves have yellowish indumentum.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Zone: 4
Height: 5ft
Spread: 5ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: white to light pink blooms late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage: evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist
Comments: beautiful
 
 
 
 

 
 
Northern Starburst Rhodo.
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This gorgeous newer variety is one that even the average gardener can grow without worry about cold damage. Northern Starburst is a strong grower that can survive minus 20 to 35 degrees and still provide large showy lavender pink flowers in mid spring. Strong sturdy shrubs grow 4' tall with a similar spread so it fits in smaller gardens or near the foundation of the house. The floral display is really dynamic when many plants have not yet bloomed.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 4
Height: 4ft
Spread: 4ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: bright pink blooms late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage: evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist
Comments: beautiful- one of my all time favs especially for the foliage in the fall
 
 
 

 
 
Nova Zembla Rhodo.
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Nova Zembla rhododendron is so easily grown, it has become a standard choice for planting in less than ideal garden conditions. However, a careful balance of full sun and dappled shade (about 50-50) appears to be critical to a good proportion of leaves to blooms. Deadheading may encourage another period of blooming in late summer or early fall.
"Nova Zembla" means "new land" in Russian, after the island of that name off the northern coast of Russia. Nova Zembla rhododendron develops a stout trunk with thick stems. The bark becomes attractive with scale with age. The blooms are large, sometimes up to 5 inches wide. Flowers late April through May.
 
One of the Hardiest Red Rhododendrons.
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 4b
Height: 5ft
Spread: 5ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: bright red blooms late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage: evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist
Comments: beautiful
 
 
 

 
Percy Wiseman Rhodo.
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 Rhododendron ‘Percy Wiseman’ is easy on the eyes with the creamy pinks and peaches of its changeable flowers. In late spring, ‘Percy Wiseman’s’ many flowers fade to ivory. This plant serves well as an accent shrub standing at most 4 to 5 feet tall. Given moist, well-drained acidic soil, this rhododendron makes a long-lived shrub with year-round interest. - See more at: http://www.hortmag.com/plants/plants-we-love/percy-wiseman-rhododendron-has-color-changing-flowers.
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 5b/6a
Height: 4-5ft
Spread: 5ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: cream pinks and peaches blooms mid spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage: dark green = evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist
Comments: beautiful....protect
 
 

 
 

 
Purple Gem Rhodo.
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Bright violet (purplish blue) flowers in late April. Aromatic foliage is trusty olive green, new growth is grayish blue, on a dense round and tight growing dwarf bush.  Azalea-like foliage (small leaved type) Gable hybrid.
 
 
 
Works great where low rhodies are needed. Like combined with azaleas and other plants or flowers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 4
Height: 2-3ft
Spread: 2-3ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: bright violet blooms mid spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage: dark green = evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist
Comments: beautiful
 
 
 
 

 

Thunder Rhodo.
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Deep, purplish-red flowers are nicely set against mahogany coloured foliage. A small-leaved variety.
 
 
 Similar foliage to the Northern Starburst.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 4
Height: 3ft
Spread: 3ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: purplish red blooms late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage: Mahogany-green
Soil: well drained-evenly moist
Comments: beautiful
 
 

 
Blue Baron Rhodo.
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Clusters of near-blue trumpet-shaped flowers with lavender throat in springtime. One of the few Rhodies that flower in the spring!  A beauty to behold.  
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 4
Height: 3ft
Spread: 2ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: Blue with slight lavender blooms spring-   scented
Spring/summer foliage: Mahogany-green
Soil: well drained-evenly moist
Comments: beautiful
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Azaleas

Candy Lights Azalea (Azalea x 'Candy Lights')
 
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A new Northern Lights azalea for cold climates, but others also admire its dome-shaped trusses, each holding 8-10 light pink flowers, streaked with pale yellow. Mid to late spring brings extremely fragrant blooms on a very hardy & disease resistant plant of moderate growth rate. Reaches 5-6 ft tall x 3-5 ft wide, full sun to partial shade, deciduous, purple fall foliage. Zone 4 3' to 5' tall, 3' to 5' wide Plants are 3-5' tall and are covered with pink flowers. A cross of Rhododendron atlanticum and a Mollis hybrid azalea.

 
Zone: 4a
Height: 5ft
Spread: 3ft
         Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: lite pink with yellow streaks blooms mid spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage:  green -purple in fall- evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist- add peat
Comments: Amazing






 
Golden Lights Azalea (Azalea x 'Golden Lights')
 
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This outstanding, cold-hardy variety successfully withstands harsh temperatures down to -30 degrees F! Sturdy, upright branches are covered with large, orange-yellow buds that open up to 1 1/2-in. bright yellow bloom trusses in late spring. The attractive dark green foliage turns various shades of red during the autumn months. Does best in full sun to partial shade. 3-5 ft. tall shrub has good resistance to mildew, pests and disease. Zones 4-8.












Zone: 4a
Height: 5ft
Spread: 3ft
         Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: Gold- orange blooms mid spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage:  green -purple in fall- evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist- add peat
Comments: Amazing

 
 
 
 


 
Mandarin Lights Azalea (Azalea x 'Mandarin Lights')
 
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Mandarin Lights Azalea is bathed in stunning clusters of lightly-scented tomato-orange trumpet-shaped flowers with a orange flare at the ends of the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn an outstanding purple in the fall.
A hardy deciduous azalea, covered in deep orange flowers in spring before the leaves, tall upright habit and good fall colour; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil, use plenty of peat moss when planting.
 
 
 
Looks even more stunning when planted with Rhododendruns.
 
 
Mine is part of our rhodie and azalia forest path.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Zone: 4a
Height: 7ft
Spread: 7ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: tomato orange blooms mid spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage:  green -purple in fall- evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist- add peat
Comments: Amazing
 

Lemon Lights Azalea (Azalea x 'Lemon Lights')
 
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This fine introduction comes from the University of Minnesota and features an abundance of lush, lemon-yellow flowers. Though a little less vigorous than other Northern Lights cultivars, the colour and perfume make it a very worthwhile selection anywhere you need to add a little lemonade.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Any doubts check out ours in bloom.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 4a
Height: 5-6ft
Spread: 4-5ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: yellow blooms mid spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage:  green -bronze-red in fall- evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist- add peat
Comments: Amazing
 
 

 
Rosey Lights Azalea (Azalea x 'Rosey Lights')
 
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Rosy Lights Azalea from the Northern Light Series has captivating extra fragrant, dark pink flowers with rose red contrasts. In fall, reddish and bronze foliage highlights this deciduous shrub. Outstanding cold hardiness.
 
 
Rosy Lights Azalea is draped in stunning clusters of fragrant rose trumpet-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive cherry red flower buds before the leaves. It has green foliage throughout the season.
 
 
 
WE have this one!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 3b/4a
Height: 3-4ft
Spread: 3-4ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: deep pink blooms mid-late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage:  green -bronze-red in fall- evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist- add peat
Comments: Amazing
 
 

 
Northern Hi-Lights Azalea (Azalea x 'Northern Hi-Lights')
 
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Northern Hi-Lights Azalea is clothed in stunning clusters of lightly-scented creamy white trumpet-shaped flowers with a white flare at the ends of the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn an outstanding purple in the fall.
 
 
 
A hardy deciduous azalea, featuring creamy white flowers with elegant yellow accents in spring before the leaves, tall upright habit and good fall color; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil, plant with plenty of peat moss.
 
 
 
I have this one in my garden too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zone: 4a
Height: 4ft
Spread: 5ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: creamy white with yellow upper petal blooms mid-late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage:  green -bronze-red in fall- evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist- add peat
Comments: Amazing
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Tri-Lights Azalea (Azalea x 'Tri-Lights')
 
                                                                                         
                                                                                                
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Tri-Lights - From the University of Minnesota, this is another beauty in the Lights Series. The flowers are white with a pink tinge and a yellow center. They appear in May and last until early June. Like all azaleas, ‘Tri-Lights’ prefers shade and slightly acidic soil that is rich in organic material. Bud hardy to -30°F. 


 
Zone: 4a
Height: 3-4ft
Spread: 5ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: creamy white with salmon pink and yellow centre --scented
Spring/summer foliage:  green -purple in fall- evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist- add peat
Comments: Amazing
 


 
Orchid Lights Azalea (Azalea x 'Orchid Lights')
 
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Orchid Lights Azalea is bathed in stunning clusters of lilac purple trumpet-shaped flowers
with fuchsia spots at the ends of the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn yellow in fall.
 
As a group, the Northern Lights azaleas were specifically bred to be a hardy bunch, but the hardiest of them all without any doubt is the Orchid Lights azalea, which will survive and flower in zone 3 in a relatively sheltered location. This magnificent plant is smothered in lilac pink to lavender flowers in spring, with the flowers appearing before the leaves open for a dazzling effect. The performance lasts for a few weeks and is worth every effort you put into these garden delights. This is also the smallest of the group, growing to about three feet in height at full maturity, making it an ideal size for the average home garden.
 
 
 
 
Zone: 3
Height: 3ft
Spread: 3ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: lilac-petal blooms mid-late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage:  green -purple in fall- evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist- add peat
Comments: Amazingly hardy and beautiful
 
 


 
 
 
Girard's Scarlet Azalea (Azalea x Girard's Scarlet)
 
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Large red flowers cover this plant in mid to late May. Outstanding fall foliage colour as well with some leaves persisting until spring.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Zone: 5b
Height: 2ft
Spread: 3ft
          Sun: full sun/part shade
Flowers: Red-scarlet- blooms mid-late spring-scented
Spring/summer foliage:  green -purple in fall- evergreen  
Soil: well drained-evenly moist- add peat
Comments: Beautful red- may need some protection for winter.