The new Southgate Rhododendrons from the Southern Living Plant Collection are exactly what the doctor ordered for Deep South gardens that previously haven’t been able to experience explosive Rhododendron blooms. The Breeze Rhododendron produces blush pink buds that open up to a powder white blossom with berry red blotches in the center. Magnificent elliptic emerald green leaves serve as the perfect backdrop for the stunning symphony of flowers that appear in spring. The growth rate of Southgates is slow and they reach an easily managed 4 x 4ft. The Breeze will thrive when planted in well-drained garden soil and in part to full shade. To keep this Rhododendron laden with blooms, fertilize it once yearly in early spring with a slow-release balanced fertilizer.
- water before planting
- plant in Part Sun to Shade
- dig hole 3X the width of pot,
- backfill and plant 1″-2″ above soil level
- water and add more soil if needed
- mulch plants
- fertilize yearly with a slow-release balanced fertilizer