Rhododendrons in the Landscape by Sonja Nelson

By Sonja Nelson

Rhododendrons and azaleas are one of the most well-liked of backyard shrubs due to their extraordinary number of shades, textures, shapes, and sizes. selecting the right species or hybrids for numerous backyard occasions can current a true problem to the gardener. Sonja Nelson, editor of the magazine American Rhododendron Society, bargains sensible and encouraging tips on how most sensible to exploit rhododendrons, beginning with a short clarification of easy layout ideas that function instructions for growing many alternative types of gardens. She discusses wooded area and alpine rock gardens, small gardens, and components resembling island beds, packing containers, hedges, and water beneficial properties within which rhododendrons will be successfully used. as well as suggesting and inspiring using appropriate significant other vegetation, she offers 19 tables directory species and cultivars the best option for particular backyard occasions. together with many inspiring pictures, the ebook will allow any gardener or landscaper to show those striking crops in harmonious atmosphere.

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Then, in 1850, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker changed forever the role rhododendrons would play in garden design. He intro- Page 17 duced forty-five new species from Sikkim in the eastern Himalayas, some of which have developed into the greatest of all rhododendrons: the dark red-flowering Rhododendron thomsonii, the smooth-barked R. hodgsonii, the large-leafed R. grande, and the tall, columnar R. falconeri. Soon following Hooker's example, Robert Fortune brought from China R. fortunei, which would impart sublime fragrance and large, lush flowers to its progeny.

The great finds made by Frank Kingdon-Ward in China and Tibet included R. wardii, which has imparted its bright yellow flower color to many yellow hybrids. The popular garden shrub R. yakushimanum, loved for its compact, mounding form and silver indumentum on the upper leaf surface, reached Britain in 1934 when Lionel de Rothschild received two plants from a nursery in Japan. (Taxonomists have recently reclassified R. yakushimanum as a subspecies of R. ) Reginald Farrer and Joseph Rock made further collections in Asia.

Cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.  Title. 9'3366dc21 99-31316 CIP Page 5 Contents Preface 7 Acknowledgments 9 List of Tables 11 Chapter 1. The History of Landscaping with Rhododendrons 13 Plant Hunters Introduction of New Species Landscaping Origins in Britain Landscaping Origins in North America The Rhododendron Boom Suggested Reading Chapter 2. Designing by Principle 29 Strive for Site Unity Strive for Plant Harmony Create Movement Garden Tours Suggested Reading Chapter 3.

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