Briggs Nursery recently introduced Florence Parks’ and ‘Rabatz,’ a pair of rhododendrons that are new for 2010.
Rhododendron ‘Florence Parks’ is a heavy flowering, hardy plant that has dark green foliage that forms a broad, star-like whorl, providing a nice backdrop against the abundant deep purple flowers. Hardy to USDA Zone 4, this mid-season bloomer will reach 5 to 6 feet. ‘Florence Parks’ can be grown in full sun to light shade, and will look great in beds and borders, as a specimen or in groups of three to five plants.
The other new introduction is rhododendron ‘Rabatz.’ Its nice green foliage and deep red buds open into fiery red trusses of nine to 11 flowers. The lobed flowers have short stamens and ruffled petals with an open, almost flat appearance that makes for a showy floral display and rich color presentation.
‘Rabatz’ is a mid-to-late season compact hybrid that grows to 3 feet x 3 feet. It will look great in beds and borders, as a specimen or in groups of three to five plants plants. ‘Rabatz’ enjoys full sun to light shade and is hardy to USDA Zone 6.
“The rich purple color and hardy attributes of ‘Florence Parks’ makes it a garden gem,” says Dave Jarzynka, president of Briggs Nursery. “And the intense red trusses of ‘Rabatz’ will please both seasoned and new gardeners looking for stunning color in their landscape.”
For more information on the two varieties or Briggs Nursery, visit BriggsNursery.com.