Orange flowering rhododendrons
This section features rhododendron plants with orange and peach-coloured flowers, including both vibrant oranges and pastel colours. These combine well with other oranges, reds and yellows as part of a bright and lively display or, alternatively, can be used as contrast colours to blues, purples, teal and green. Orange flowering rhododendrons are part of the wider group of acid-loving, spring-flowering bushes which have been stalwarts of the woodland garden for decades, valued for their flamboyant, showy flowers, produced above an impressive structure of spirally arranged, typically evergreen, large leathery leaves. Rhododendrons are particularly well-suited to informal, woodland-style or naturalistic planting schemes, whilst dwarf alpine rhododendrons are effective as rock garden plants. They're also well-suited to growing in containers in an ericaceous compost and easy to grow providing they're given the right soil and location. Rhododendrons prefer a sheltered, shaded spot in a moist, acidic soil in dappled shade, protected from cold, drying winds. Water using rain water where possible, especially in hard water areas where tap-water contains calcium that will neutralise their preferred acidic soil.