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Rhododendron gardens live on diversity. Therefore, you should mix any rhododendron planting with matching summer and evergreen shrubs.
Although there are rhododendrons in many different species and varieties, they are pure Rhododendron gardens always something monotonous and sad. In addition, the evergreen fellows will soon turn quieter notes after the flower explosion in May. So it can not hurt to integrate one or the other shrub, too outside the rhododendron season With beautiful blossoms or shining autumn colors attracts the attention.
The elegant ones Fan maples (Acer palmatum varieties), which are an ornament with their fine foliage throughout the season, reach their peak with bright yellow or red leaf coloring in the fall. Even before the rhododendron bloom early flowering shrubs spread like Witch Hazel (Hamamelis), bells Hasel (Corylopsis pauciflora) and Korean Fragrance Snowball (Viburnum carlesii) spring-like lightness. The bright flowers are particularly good in front of the evergreen foliage scenery.
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Shrubs for Rhododendron Garden (6)
Fan maples (Acer palmatum varieties)
Spiny shit (Corylopsis spicata)
Japanese Dogwood 'Satomi' (Cornus kousa)
Magnificent bell (Enkianthus campanulatus)
Large bushbush (Fothergilla major)
Broadleaf Laurel Rose 'Ostbo Red' (Kalmia latifolia)
Relax with magnificent flowers and elegant growth Dogwood species the Rhododendrongarten on and give it an Asian flair. Recommended for large gardens are the floor-level, sprawling Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus controversa) and the smaller, but no less magnificent Dogwood (Cornus florida, Cornus kousa, Cornus nuttalii). Like the majority of rhododendrons they grow rather slowly and therefore harmonize well with the evergreen flowering wonders.
Who the winter ornamental value It is especially important to plant evergreen shrubs that have similar living conditions as rhododendrons. This includes the laurel (Kalmia), a decorative small shrub that unfolds its delicate flowers in the shade. Wherever she feels good, slowly growing beauty spreads over time. Lavendelheide (Pieris japonica) does not just come up with white, dense flower patterns. Varieties like 'Forest Flame' or 'Mountain Fire' are bright red when they shoot and have a great long-range effect. An interesting one leaf jewelry also carry variegated varieties of evergreen holly (Ilex aquifolium), for example 'Golden King' or 'Silver Queen'.
The magnificent bell (Enkianthus campanulatus) is not evergreen, but has a bright red autumn color and opens its small, pale pink just before the rhododendron bloom Flower bells. It feels like the rhododendrons on humus rich, acidic forest soil well.