The Horticultural Trades Association have voted the Rhododendron as their plant of the month for April 2015.
The Rhododendron is both evergreen and deciduous and gets its name from the ancient Greek meaning ?Rose Tree?.
The family includes azaleas which are ideal for small gardens and many larger-leafed rhododendrons which lend themselves well to more open spaces.
Recommended RHS varieties include: Rhododendron Bashful, Rhododendron Dreamland, Rhododendron Lavender Girl, Rhododendron Pink Pebble, Rhododendron Scintillation and Rhododendron Tortoiseshell Orange.
Frances Tophill, presenter on ITV’s Love Your Garden and the celebrity champion for the Rhododendron says, ?These stunning and perpetually cheerful shrubs flower in all sorts of vibrant colours during spring when we tend to think of most of the colour coming from bulbs?.
?Rhododendron will survive in most acidic soils and need hardly any pruning. And don’t be fooled into thinking that they provide spring flower and nothing more. In fact most species we buy for the garden are evergreen so even in the depths of winter their deep, glossy leaves will provide colour.
?I would thoroughly recommend that anyone make a space in their garden for this easy to maintain and beautiful plant.?
Nominated and agreed upon by British growers and retailers, the HTA?s Plant of the Month campaign highlights the plants that are widely available and looking especially good each month.
For more details, please visit www.the-hta.org.uk/plantofthemonth