There are more than 1200 species of rhodo found in nature, mostly in south Asia but they are found on all continents. Breeders have taken many species and crossed them to produce more than 20,000 hybrids with every flower colour of the rainbow with different leaf sizes ranging from tiny to half a metre long, different leaf and stem shapes and colours. Most flowering in our climate is early to late May in the spring but there are a variety of rhodos which flower in all months of the year.
One of the best websites available to view thousands of rhodos in full colour is http://hirsutum.info/ . We can help you locate rare and unique plants for your garden. Rhododendrons are a prized plant in most temperate gardens and once established will bring constant annual joy to the gardener.
Rhododendrons, azaleas, vireyas and azaleodendrons are all in the same family of plants that love acidic and woody soils. Rhodos are easy to care for but require regular watering in dry periods and don’t like to have their roots wet in winter. They respond well to fertilizers and mulching. See http://www.rhododendron.org/plantcare.htm for great information on all aspects of rhododendrons and azaleas.
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View 25-Year History of our Chapter
Ian Efford has published the “Rhodo Book” (December 2013). This book contains a 25-year history of the Cowichan Valley Rhododendron Society. View the “Rhodo Book”: Celebrating The First 25 Years – by Ian Efford and the first errata