Plants - Trees and Shrubs

The 2011 rhododendrons of the year

See which rhodos and azaleas received top honours--you just might want to add one to your garden


Great Lakes

Deciduous azalea: ‘Mount Saint Helens’ (‘Cecile’ X unnamed Knap Hill azalea)
Large ball-shaped trusses open from rose-colored buds. The bright pink flowers have upper petals with large yellow-orange flares that gradually deepen to bright red-orange, giving the flower a tri-colour appearance. The 2½-inch flowers have wavy lobes and are widely funnel shaped. Hardy to -32 C (-25 F), the plant branches well and has an upright growth habit, reaching six feet. A Peter Girard hybrid, it is both fragrant and showy.

Photo by Harold Greer

Evergreen azalea: ‘Helen Curtis’ (‘Desiree’ X ‘Rosebud’)

(not pictured)
This is one of many Tony Shammarello hybrids from the shore of Lake Erie near Cleveland, Ohio. It blooms in late midseason with frilly, semi-double white flowers, 2½ inches across. Glossy, yellow-green leaves are held for two years on a dwarf plant with a mounded habit. It is wider than tall, reaching two feet in 10 years, and is hardy to -29 C (-20 F).


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