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Hibiscus and Rhododendrons
updated: Dec 19, 2012, 11:00 AM

By Brad Daniels

A subscriber shows off some Santa Barbara hibiscus and rhododendrons.

Here are just a few of my tropical Rhododendrons and Hibiscus that really did well this past spring and summer. The Rhododendrons are bursting with vibrant color, they really like the cooler weather.

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 COMMENT 355642P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-19 11:45 AM

Thank you! I did not realize one could grow rhododendrons here (and get them to blossom). What varieties are these? And are they in the ground or in pots? Beautiful plants!

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-19 11:46 AM

Oh boy, great color on that hibiscus! And I see you have Geranium maderense--love those too. Are all these photos current--plants are blooming now?

 

 COMMENT 355786P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-19 06:40 PM

Great shots. Hard to shoot things that stick out like that and keep your focus. ;-)...

 

 COMMENT 355850 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 07:51 AM

Nice images, especially the third flower (yellow ?)--clearly I am botanically challenged.

 

 COMMENT 355882 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 09:13 AM

AND the plumeria, common name Frangipani.

 

 COMMENT 355939P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 10:10 AM

I would love to grow rhododendrums, but always heard they would not grow in SB. Would you please share the name of the beautiful pink flower and where it grows best--i.e., morning sun, afternoon shade, or full shade?
Thank you!

 

 COMMENT 356663 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-22 09:11 AM

HI, The beautiful pink Rhododendron is "Trudi Weber" and they do grow quit well in Santa Barbara. The trick is is to not listen to anybody. They take morming sun ok but not hot summer direct sun. The peach flowers are "Vireya Tropical Rhododendrons" which thrive in our sub tropical climate. I have close to 300 Rhododendrons and live in Goleta. There is more color in my yard right now than most people have all year!

 

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