Winter-hardy rhododendrons - 10 most beautiful varieties with photos and descriptions

You do not know what rhododendron saplings to buy for cultivation in an open ground? Take note of our list of frost-resistant varieties.

Rhododendron is, without exaggeration, a luxurious shrub, beloved by growers no less than roses, peonies and hydrangeas. No wonder we included it in the list of 30 delightful ornamental plants for the garden.

Among the huge variety of rhododendrons, you can find plants for every taste: shrubs or small trees, with a heady aroma or subtle, with large flowers or compact. In addition, almost all rhododendrons feel great with a slight shading.

Pay attention to the list of 10 more beautiful shade-tolerant plants.

Unfortunately, the eastern origin of rhododendron often deters residents of the middle belt. Suddenly it will not bloom or, even worse, will not suffer frost and will die?

If you have long dreamed of planting a rhododendron sapling on your plot, but did not dare because of the cold winters, consider that the problem has been solved! We have prepared a selection of 10 magnificent winter-hardy rhododendrons that can withstand temperatures as low as -25 ° C or even lower.

With all its virtues, rhododendron cannot boast of a complete lack of flaws. Perhaps the main disadvantage of growing this plant in his garden is that all its parts: flowers, stems, leaves - are poisonous. If there are children and pets on your site, be sure to take note of a list of poisonous ornamental plants that are popular among gardeners.

Grandmother (Babuschka)

Rhododendron Grandmother - as charming as its name. It belongs to the Japanese azalea species. This low-growing shrub is the best suited for creating borders and low hedges.

This azalea will appeal to lovers of lush inflorescences. Who can resist these hot pink double flowers?

 

Timing of floweringBush height (cm)Bush width (cm)The distance between the bushes (cm)Special features
May June20-5020-5020-50Growing slowly

Golden Lights

This rhododendron is a type of deciduous azaleas. Bushes Golden lights notable for beautiful cone-shaped salmon-orange flowers, collected in brush of 10 pieces. The delicate shade of flowers effectively contrasts with the dark olive color of the leaves.

This rhododendron is blooming early, at the end of May. He tolerates the most severe winters - he is not afraid of frosts down to -42 ° C.

 

Timing of floweringBush height (cm)Bush width (cm)The distance between the bushes (cm)Special features
May June90-18090-18090-180Strong aroma, suitable for creating hedges

English Roseum (English Roseum)

English Roseum - A hybrid of rhododendron Katevbinsky. He is not afraid of direct sunlight, frost and heavy rain - all these vagaries of weather will not interfere with lush flowering.

The flowers of this shrub are bright, purple-pink, with orange "freckles", have the shape of a bell. They are collected in dome-shaped inflorescences of 8-10 pieces.

Rhododendron English Roseum grows best on moist, well-drained, humus-rich soils.

 

Timing of floweringBush height (cm)Bush width (cm)The distance between the bushes (cm)Special features
May June180-240180-240180-240Suitable for creating hedges, mixborders

Karens

Rhododendron Karen belongs to the Japanese evergreen azaleas. It is a very showy, rather compact shrub with reddish-purple flowers with a dark purple speck. In the fall, the leaves become wine-colored.

 

Timing of floweringBush height (cm)Bush width (cm)The distance between the bushes (cm)Special features
May June90-15090-15090-150Strong aroma

Mount Saint Helens

This deciduous azalea is remarkable for its unprecedented resistance to frost - it tolerates temperatures down to -32 ° C.

Another distinctive feature of rhododendron Mount saint helens - unusual color of flowers. Their petals have a delicate salmon-pink shade with golden tangerine spots. Elegant bell-shaped flowers are collected in brushes of 11 pieces each. Dark green shiny leaves of a bush in the autumn get a rich bronze shade.

 

Timing of floweringBush height (cm)Bush width (cm)The distance between the bushes (cm)Special features
May June150-180150-180150-180

Suitable for creating hedges, mixborders

Nova Zembla (Nova Zembla)

Nova Zembla - A luxurious hybrid of evergreen rhododendron catebvinian. Its size is amazing - the adult shrub reaches 2.4 m in height and 2.1 m in width. Of course, you will not plant such a bogatyr in a modest front garden, but in a large garden he will certainly attract admiring glances to himself.

Rhododendron flowers Nova Zembla bright pink with maroon spots, shaped like a bell. Flowers are collected in spherical brushes, so from a distance the shrub can easily be confused with peony.

 

Timing of floweringBush height (cm)Bush width (cm)The distance between the bushes (cm)Special features
May June180-240170-210150-210

It tolerates heat and direct sunlight.

ПЖМ Элит (PJM Elite)

Rhododendron with a mysterious name ПЖМ Элит - it is a small-leaf evergreen hybrid of rhododendron of the Caroline and Dahuri rhododendron form sempervirens (wild rosemary).

This shrub is quite compact, it blooms magnificently, tolerates frosts down to -32 ° C.

Rhododendron flowers ПЖМ Элит raspberry-pink, cone-shaped, gathered in brushes of 4-9 pieces.

 

Timing of floweringBush height (cm)Bush width (cm)The distance between the bushes (cm)Special features
May150-180150-180150-180

Loves penumbra

Rosy Lights

Rhododendron Rosie Lights refers to deciduous azaleas. Its winter hardiness is amazing - it winters even at -42 ° C!

This shrub will be a great decoration for any garden. In late spring - early summer, it is covered with lush tassels of bright pink flowers in a pinkish-orange speck. Autumn leaves change color from olive to maroon.

 

Timing of floweringBush height (cm)Bush width (cm)The distance between the bushes (cm)Special features
May June120-180120-180120-180

Strong aroma

Roseum Elegans

Roseum Elegance - variety of rhododendron of Katevbinsky.

This shrub is valued not only for winter hardiness, but also for the magnificent brush of inflorescences, each of which consists of 10-20 pinkish-lavender flowers with delicate "curly-headed" petals.

Rhododendron Roseum Elegance - tall, handsome handsome man who attracts a lot of bees and butterflies.

 

Timing of floweringBush height (cm)Bush width (cm)The distance between the bushes (cm)Special features
May June180-240180-240180-240

Tolerates heat

White Lights

White lights - one of the varieties of deciduous azaleas. This rhododendron is able to withstand frost from -34 ° C to -42 ° C! So you can safely plant it in the middle lane and forget about the winter shelter.

In May, pink buds are transformed into large pink-pearl flowers with small golden splashes. Over time, the petals become white. In the fall foliage gets a dark bronze shade.

 

Timing of floweringBush height (cm)Bush width (cm)The distance between the bushes (cm)Special features
May June120-150120-150120-150

Strong aroma

Are there other winter hardy rhododendrons growing in your garden? Share the names of varieties in the comments on this article or on our forum!

Watch the video: The 15 Most Cold Hardy Encore Azaleas (August 2019).