Dwarf Rhododendron PJM Regal is an evergreen dwarf rhododendron with masses of early pink-purple flowers. These plants originally have their origins in alpine areas so they are ideal for the small garden, rock garden or raised bed.
Dwarf Rhododendron PJM Regal is one of the low-growing Rhododendron hybrids created by Peter J Mezitt in the 1930s hence the name PJM. These are generally very early flowering and very hardy. Given the alpine origins, this is a hardy and low growing sun lover. The foliage of Rhododendron Regal is small and leathery. It starts life as bright green in the summer and progresses to hues of burgundy and purple in Autumn. The elliptic bright green leaves set off the large funnel-shaped purple-pink flowers that hang in trusses with long spidery stamens. Very free-flowering. This is an early flowering variety with blooms appearing in March so it’s a good choice to brighten chilly spring gardens.
Height and Spread of eiHeight and SPrad of Dwarf Rhododendron PJM Regal Rhododendron Regal is low growing and compact. It has a tidy frame and won’t get taller or wider than 1.5 metres.
How Hardy Is Dwarf Rhododendron PJM Regal This is a hardy rhododendron that’s been bred for cold winters. Keep the roots well-drained and it will survive sub-zero temperatures however the flowers are not frost hardy so if minus temperatures are forecast cover the budding or flowering shrub with fleece.
How To Use Dwarf Rhododendron PJM Regal This small rhododendron is ideal for compact gardens as it won’t grow too large. It suits courtyard gardens, rock gardens or Japanese spaces and its pretty, early flowers sit well in a cottage garden. As this is one of the smaller rhododendrons you can grow it in a large well-watered and well-fed tub of ericaceous compost to brighten a front garden or a bare patio.
How To Care For Dwarf Rhododendron PJM Regal Rhododendron Regal needs rich, acidic soil with good drainage so add ericaceous compost and mulch each year if your soil is poor or chalky. You can also grow it in a large container of ericaceous compost if you regularly apply water and rhododendron feed. Be sure not to bury the roots too deeply because rhododendrons are shallow-rooted shrubs.
This rhododendron is an alpine cultivar that enjoys the sunlight. It does best in a spot sheltered from harsh winds with plenty of sunshine.
There’s no need to prune Rhododendron Regal as it naturally grows in a low mounded form, but if you want to restrict the size, trim branch tips in late winter before any new growth appears in early spring.