Rhododendron plants for containers
Shop our range of the best rhododendron plants for pots and containers, the perfect choice for a truly showstopping, flowering display. Rhododendrons are acid-loving plants which produce spectacular clusters of large, showy and often fragrant flowers. They originate from the Himalayas and have long been a mainstay of the woodland garden since being introduced into Britain by Victorian plant hunters. The great news for those looking for container plants, perhaps for a smaller garden, patio or simply as part of a container planting scheme, is that there are many smaller-growing rhododendrons that will thrive in pots in an ericaceous compost. Rhododendrons work well both as individual containerised specimens or in groups (separate container for each plant) to create block colours and combine well with evergreens such as Pieris 'Forest Flame' and Euphorbia 'Tasmanian Tiger'. Rhododendrons like moist soil, but their roots will rot easily if they lie wet, so make sure your container has plenty of drainage holes. Keep the container in cool, moist conditions, somewhere where your plant will get partial or dappled shade for most of the day. Water using rain water where possible, especially in hard water areas where tap-water contains calcium that will neutralise their preferred acidic compost, and dead head faded flowers to encourage a fresh flush of blooms.