Of all evergreen, the dwarf are among the most rewarding for the town garden or terrace. This doll’s-house makes a perfect rounded bush no more than 3 feet (90 cm) high. A hybrid of Himalayan and Chinese parentage, it is evergreen and earlier than most rhododendrons, in mid-spring. The bell-shaped are very profuse, growing in clusters of from three to five blooms, rosy red in bud, and white flushed with pink when open. The are small and glossy. This ’s qualities have won it all of the Royal Horticultural Society’s top awards.
The plant is quite hardy, but on nights when frost threatens the flowers should be protected with netting or a cloth. Grow it in a peaty.