Spring Rhododendron Beds

Our Rhododendrons are right at home in this hot and humid place we call the South.

That’s right; these blooms are heat tolerant. Some would say that makes them truly Southern at heart.

They certainly have my heart with one reason being the bloom power. I like being able to clip from my garden, bring blooms inside, and have them to enjoy for a few days.

The Southern Living Plant Collection's Southgate® Rhododendrons love to be planted in partial sun and shade.

The best part about these true Southern beauties is that they bloom the first year, and they are also cold tolerant and evergreen meaning they have interest all year long. Now is the absolute best time to plant them because they are loaded with buds just waiting to burst!

We took our Rhododendrons and planted them in a location that is exposed to the sun in the mornings and maintains a nice, cool shade throughout most of the afternoon. For best results, keep in mind they flourish in a PH of 5.5.  

How to plant spring Rhododendron beds:

Step 1: Position your plants in the shape of an arc

Step 2: Dig a hole twice the size of your root ball

Step 3: Place a few handfuls of your soil and bark mixture at the bottom of the hole

Step 4: Remove the pot from the container and gently loosen the roots

Step 5: Plant the root ball two inches above the ground

Step 6: Fill in your hole with extra soil and bark mixture

Step 7: Create a small outer ring around the base of the plant

Step 8: Top dress with pine straw or mulch

This project may seem like a lot of work, but I assure you this plant is worth the effort.

Rhododendrons make great additions to your home, inside and out. As soon as the blooms start filling your garden you can clip, snip and bring them inside.

If this is your first “Rhod-e-O”, I guarantee it won’t be your last!

Materials

  • We used 3 pots of the Southgate® Breezy™ Rhododendrons. Feel free to pick a favorite or mix and match with as many as you please!

Instructions

Step 1: Position your plants in the shape of an arc

Step 2: Dig a hole twice the size of your root ball

Step 3: Place a few handfuls of your soil and bark mixture at the bottom of the hole

Step 4: Remove the pot from the container and gently loosen the roots

Step 5: Plant the root ball two inches above the ground

Step 6: Fill in your hole with extra soil and bark mixture

Step 7: Create a small outer ring around the base of the plant

Step 8: Top dress with pine straw or mulch

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