The incredibly rich, deep purple blooms of Rhododendron 'Marcel Menard', with their golden yellow speckled throats appear in large, extravagant clusters in May and June.
Beautifully glossy, dark green leaves form a dense, compact evergreen shrub. The perfecet backdrop for showing off the luxurious flowers.
A great choice for an exotic planting scheme on acid soils, or for adding colour and structure to mixed borders, 'Marcel Menard' is great as a specimen in a large pot where you can get up close to it. The soil should be on the acidic side and rich in humus and always moist which will allow established plants to withstand direct mid-day and afternoon sun. Use ericaceous compost if growing in a pot, or add it to the planting hole in the border.
Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade, avoiding morning sunlight which can damage buds. Keep well watered.
Fully deserving its coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure that this is a proven garden performer, guaranteed to be suitable for UK gardeners at every level of experience. You can therefore plant this in the garden with confidence, for stunning displays for many years to come.
Supplied as an established plant in a 17cm pot, 'Marcel menard' will grow to H1.5m (5ft) x W1m (3ft).