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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mid Summer Sparkle

Barely at the get-set, ready, go for spring, here’s a deciduous woody shrub to consider for hot pink summertime dazzle. To make this plant even more special, get this. It’s a recent 2011 Cary Award winner, which means it’s a standout amongst its counterparts. This year’s woody shrub award goes to the Rhododendron 'Weston's Sparkler’, one of the many plant introductions made by the late Ed Mezitt of Weston Nurseries.

A quick nursery tip: when plants get recognized, it soon becomes the best act in town. So make sure you get this shrub on your early shopping list. All the planting tidbits you need to know about this fragrant July blooming rhododendron can be found in the link. And if you think the hot pink is the best part, just wait until the fall foliage. Come October, you get its second showing of brilliant color.

It’s about time this shrub got recognized. This winner has been a backdrop in our yard for many years. And as the old saying goes, “Winners are not those who never fail, but those who never quit.” Check out this versatile Rhododendron and add some mid-summer sparkle to your landscape.

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Image of Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Sparkler’ from Weston Nursery

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