Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rhododendron "Pink Pearl"

Although it didn't make the American Rhododendron Society's cut for "Best Rhododendron of the Year" until 2006, "Pink Pearl" (R. "George Hardy" x  R. "Broughtonii") has been decorating gardens for over a century, winning several other prestigious awards along the way. 

We purchased this shrub as a two foot toddler in 2006 when it re-emerged on the scene, popularized by it's Rhodie of the Year status.  A truly pink (vs salmon or lavender-pink) rhodie, it does not disappoint. Although we planted it on the sunny edge of our shadiest cottage garden, it has filled out nicely into a four foot by four foot dense shrub with blooms that remind me of pink cotton candy. 

This year it is blooming contemporaneously with both the white and red dicentras, creating a striking display in the mostly shady cottage garden. The buds are a deep true pink and open into a rosy pink blossom that quickly fades to the palest blush pink when fully open. The blooms are long-lasting - at least a couple of weeks or more. The shrub has been blooming now for nearly two full weeks and despite heavy rains and basically unspringlike weather, the oldest blossoms have just now started to fade. 

We have our eyes peeled for another "Pink Pearl". Now that we've added a small walkway along the backside of the shade garden with a Zen garden on the opposite side of the walk, another pink rhodie planted across from it will anchor the Zen garden and add some symmetry to that area.


  1. They are gorgeous. If I could grow them, I would.

    Your captions are fantastic! I love them! I'm so lucky to be laughing first. Will post them and link up with your blog next Monday so that everyone else can have a good laugh too and drop to meet Sherbet. :)

  2. Beautiful! Love them but they don't do well here for me in my clay and neutral soil. Nice to see them growing well elsewhere. I'm your new follower, come on by when you have time and do same.

  3. Rhododendron grows very well in our area. Many of them are quite old on large estate-like properties. I got your link from a friend on Blotanical. You have a very nice blog.I scrolled down and you have some very beautiful photos also.

  4. beautiful...I finally have on that is blooming this year...


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