Rhododendron nuttallii

This maybe a bit predictable but she is my favourite rhododendron! Ever!

This absolutely stunning Rhododendron, my personal favourite, is now starting to flower. Despite the fact that each truss has up to 9 lily-like, fragrant white flushed yellow flowers it’s the foliage, particularly the new growth that amazes me. The growth unfolds to reveal a metallic purple leaf growing to 20 cms in length. Stunning!

Text books state that this plant should be grown in a conservatory or heated greenhouse. I haven’t told ours that so its quite happily growing away in the centre of the garden.