Rhododendron 'Hilda Niblett

'Hilda Niblett' Azalea

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'Hilda Niblett’ is a low growing (1 ft) spreading evergreen hybrid azalea that makes it suitable for groundcover or underplantings.  Most azaleas are evergreen shrubs and have attractive winter foliage, though some are deciduous. ‘ ‘Hilda Niblett’ is a  profuse bloomer that hosts full-sized 4” flowers of varying hues of white, pink, and peach on a bush and starts flowering even on its first spring.   It blooms earlier in spring before most azalea and continues until summer.  Evergreen azaleas are not very cold hardy; cold winters may freeze the flower buds and reduce bloom come spring, and leaves may experience winter burn. ‘Hilda Niblett’ is more winter hardy than most azaleas with its tolerance reaching -10F, courtesy of being a New Jersey hybrid.  A very versatile plant that prefers partial sun with acidic rich, well-drained soils.  Azaleas are excellent pollination and butterfly attractors.

Type: 

ShrubPerennialEvergreen

Height: 

6"-12"

Spread: 

3'-4'

Spacing: 

3’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

6-9 (hardy to -10०F)

Culture: 

Partial Sun

Bloom Color: 

White, Peach

Season of Interest: 

SpringSummer, Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  A low maintenance plant.  Moderate water needs, properly drained soils is a must to avoid root rot.  Mulch helps to keep roots from drying out. Keep away from drip lines of the walnut family. Acidify soils as needed (PH range of 5 to 6.5) Can use sulfur or iron sulfate to lower ph, and lime or limestone to raise PH.  Southern climates with excessive humidity are more prone to powdery mildew, twig blights, and rust.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Containers, Woodland Gardens, Mass or Specimen Plantings, Borders, Foundation Plantings, Hedges.

COMPANION PLANTS: Hydrangea ‘Ruby Slippers’, Rhododendron Abbey's ReView©, Grey Foliage Sedum

 

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