You may find this listed as an azalea, but it is one of the many hundreds of varieties of Rhododendron, but we think it’s one of the best.
Why, well it will grow pretty much anywhere, it will tolerate some shade and sunshine too, it also won’t sulk if your pruning skills leave a little bit to be desired either. But best of all it has the most amazing sunshine yellow flowers with a scent to die for.
In spring, just before everything starts to really get going, this bursts into flower on the bare stems and fills the garden with a fantastic aroma. It’s also a really good food source for the early foraging bees too.
If you don’t have one in the garden you’re missing out!
We use it in:
Yellow is a colour for the Spring and a really acid lemon yellow seems to relish the first warm shafts of sun, without the colour looking flat.
This plant is a bit of a nothing all year, it has oval lime green leaves, which drop in Autumn, so nothing to write home about in Summer.
It’s little trick is to flower in early early Spring, before it gets any new leaves, so you get hit with a blast of sunshine from the back of the border.
All the lovers of forsythias (yucky plant) are missing out big time, I know forsythia flowers are bright yellow too, but the plant itself is pretty ugly!
Not only does this plant look like the spring sunshine, it smells fabulous! Why would you not want one, so go on dig up the ugly old forsythia and plant one of these instead one if you haven’t got one – get one!