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A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Rhododendrons and Tulips

Spring Borders, Bulb Combinations, Perennial Combinations


Rhododendrons and tulips can create a brilliant show of flowers early in the season, before the roses and annual plants eclipse all the beauties of the garden.

Here, Rhododendron luteum (Pontic Azalea) adds a bold splash of color with its large, bright golden-yellow floral trusses. In late spring to early summer, the air around the flowers is delightfully scented, making this Azalea a valuable addition near a patio and around the home.

It is underplanted with award-winning Tulip 'World Expression', a striking tulip with large creamy-yellow blossoms adorned with narrow, scarlet red flames. As the blooms mature, the petals fade to ivory-white and the flames deepen to blood-red. 

Both plants have won prestigious awards. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 4 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 3A, 3B
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 4 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage

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