Name: Rhododendron ‘P.J.M.’
Type of Plant One of the hardiest Rhododendrons (Zones 4 to 8) and the earliest to bloom. This plant is also one of the most sun-tolerant rhodys and one that is nicely scaled to smaller yards and gardens.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: I love this plant not only for the early flowers, but because the leaves turn purple in the winter time. So early flowering, an easy plant to grow, and winter interest too!
A Word to the Wise: This shrub grows to about six feet tall and wide, so place it accordingly. Like all Rhododendrons it doesn’t do well in wet places so make sure your soil is well drained. And if you like a paler pink instead of the purple-pink flowers that the ‘P.J.M.’ has, look for ‘Olga Mezitt’ which is a similar plant that comes into flower about two weeks after the ‘P.J.M.’