This was given to me as a housewarming gift by a friend who knows that I have a soft spot for plants that are not run-of-the-mill.
I hadn’t seen the blue azaleas/rhododendrons around for a while. They were popular in garden centres about 10 or so years ago, but many were short lived, and the flowers were definitely not blue.
Sadly if it’s a blue flower that you’re after, then this one is no different – Rhododendrons simply don’t possess the gene – but the flowers are very pretty none-the-less, and as a bonus this plant only gets to 1m x 1m (3’x3′) so it’s well worth a try in shaded areas of the garden for a pretty spring display of slightly blue-ish purple to mauve flowers.
At any rate, this is the first time I’ve seen this one in flower….
….rather fetching, I must say!
Happy gardening 🙂