Monday, April 09, 2007
PJM's have to be one of my favorite rhody's. It's an early bloomer, blooming around the time of the daffodils and forsythia ( all making a great combo for March colour), has smaller leaves, looking more delicate than traditional rhody's, and only get to about 4 feet (making a great foundation plant). Mine are nestled in the mixed borders giving much need winter foliage in a landscape that has gone dormant. PJM's are very cold hardy ( one of the hardiest of all the rhody's) and turn a beautiful mahogany-purple during the coldest months. After blooming the plant produces bright green new foliage contrasting harmoniously against the darker green mature leaves and have an added bonus that when crushed smell like limes.
Whats not to love about the plant.
I have also grown a white cultivar of this plant, but found it to be less vigorous.