Plant pick: Ken Janeck rhody

  • Wed May 5th, 2010 4:27pm
  • Life

WHAT: Ken Janeck is an award-winning, sun-tolerant rhododendron that features richly colored pink flowers in early May and a fuzzy coating on the undersides of its leaves.

WHY PLANT IT: Hybrid rhododendrons are easy and vigorous growers in the maritime Northwest.

Ken Janeck is compact, an excellent rhododendron for the small garden. Its leaves are long, narrow and roll slightly.

WHERE: Provide all hybrid rhodies with rich, well-drained soil, supplemented with compost or other organic material before planting.

Rhododendrons are shallow-rooted plants and require regular watering during the summer, especially in late summer when the flower buds form for the following spring.

Ken Janeck grows best in partial shade or full sun.

HOW: Give Ken Janeck extra summer water in full sun.

ACTUAL SIZE: It reaches about 3 feet high and wide in 10 years.

LEARN MORE: See www.greatplantpicks.org.

Source: Great Plant Picks