Author(s): FAIRWEATHER CHRISTOP
Written with the aim of encouraging all gardeners, new or experienced, to use rhododendrons and azaleas, this book explains how to get the best from these showy and extravagant plants throughout the year. The first section of the book contains information on all levels, with simple planting instructions for the beginner, as well as suggestions for integrating rhododendrons and azaleas into all areas of an existing garden. For the more adventurous, there are details of propagation, and for those interested in "armchair gardening" there is a chapter devoted entirely to the history of this subject. The second section provides comprehensive information about more than 200 species, and hybrid rhododendrons and azaleas. These have been divided into six groups, according to their suitable position in the garden.
Getting acquainted with rhododendrons and azaleas; the origin and history of rhododendrons and azaleas; enjoying rhododendrons and azaleas in your garden; rhododendrons and azaleas in all situations; making the important choice; preparation, planting and aftercare; propagation; problems, pests and diseases; plant descriptions; tall garden rhododendrons - 2.5m upwards; medium garden rhododendrons - 1-2.5m high; dwarf and alpine rhododendrons; tender and exotic rhododendrons for the conservatory and indoors; evergreen azaleas for the garden, patio and conservatory; deciduous azalea species and hybrids for the garden.