I bought a small Molten Gold Rhododendron in Spring of this year and although it looks healthy enough it hasn’t grown at all. I’ve planted it at the top of a slight incline by a north facing wall

It isn’t surprising that it hasn’t grown this season.  Woody plants often grow slowly until they have their root system established.  Of greater concern is the north-facing exposure.  Broadleaf evergreens like rhododendron often suffer from desiccation (leaves dehydrating beyond redemption) when exposed to the cold, dry, prevailing north winter wind.  A small burlap windbreak to block the winter wind would help mitigate the damage.  There are also anti-desiccant sprays available at the garden center that can be applied as well.  More on that HERE.

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