Be sure to use a well drained soil medium when planting any Rhododendron as they prefer fall planting with less watering than you might think. In NC our soil is clay so we prefer to use pine bark soil conditioner when planting Camellia, Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, and Azalea.
Rhododendron x 'Everred' (H-2)
Whereas most rhododendrons are known primarily for their blooms of colorful, delightful tea-cup flowers, this hybrid brings its year-round appeal in more ways than just that. Featuring a most delightful, deep-red flowering color in the late spring, its intense evergreen foliage is what dignifies this rhododendron from the rest. Living up to its name, Everred, as opposed to evergreen, its foliage remains dark reddish-purple year round and is hardy from zones 7-9. It prefers warmer climates and loves to take the spotlight, in full shade. Its small hedging stature reaches a mature height and width of 2 to 3 feet and is perfect for smaller gardens.
Be sure to use a well drained soil medium when planting Rhododendron as they prefer less watering than you might think. In clay soil we prefer planting with pine bark soil conditioner for Camellia, Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, Azalea.