Rhododendron Halfdan Lem
A truly remarkable and stunning example of rhododendron. The striking trusses of bright red flowers with their darker spots are set of perfectly by the large dark green glossy leaves. A shrub with a dense habit of growth and upright habit. The vivid red flowers will fade to a soft pink if planted in full sun but is easy to grow in almost any spot in the garden.
All Hybrid Rhododendrons are evergreen
Height after 10 years – 150-180cm
Large Flowered Hybrid Rhododendrons are unsurpassed for the beauty of their large flower trusses, produced in ever increasing numbers each year as the plants develop making these plants a solid long-term investment. If space allows, they are at their best when planted in bold groups and with a mix of varieties it is possible to have flowers in succession from March until early June. They also go well with deciduous and evergreen Azaleas.
Although often seen planted in the dappled shade of a woodland setting, these tough plants will succeed in full sun. Rhododendrons are ericaceous plants and so they should have acid soil that is well prepared and free draining. (Check to see if they are growing in nearby gardens if you aren’t sure about your soil). If your soil is alkaline, they can still be enjoyed in your garden if grown in large containers or raised beds filled with Ericaceous compost.
Hybrid Rhododendrons dislike cultivation immediately around them (their roots are very close to the surface) but they do benefit from a light mulch each Spring to conserve moisture. This will also discourage weeds making these plant both beautiful, and very low maintenance.