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Rhododendrons and Azaleas


Publisher:Firefly Books



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About the book:

Rhododendrons have it all -- beautiful flowers, magnificent foliage and an ability to thrive in a wide range of climates. The genus Rhododendron (to which azaleas belong) always has something to surprise and delight the gardener. With more than 1000 species, and many thousands of cultivars, there are plants in a huge variety of form, color and size -- something to suit every need, every taste and every location.

This guide for North American gardeners will help the novice and the experienced gardener get the best from their rhododendrons and azaleas. Beginning with a history of rhododendrons in cultivation and a fascinating discussion on the development of the most popular species and varieties, the book includes expert advice and information about:

  • deciduous azaleas
  • evergreen azaleas
  • assessing your climate
  • garden design
  • cultivation, maintenance and propagation
  • soil and nutrition
  • choosing plants for flower and leaf color
  • pests and diseases
  • pruning.

The author shares his personal recommendations of over 390 varieties of rhododendron and azalea, as well as practical tips gained from his many years of professional experience growing and hybridizing rhododendrons and azaleas. This is an inspiring and very useful handbook on these much-admired plants.

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