Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Nothing shouts Spring to me quite like the blooming of Azaleas and Rhododendron in May. Way back in our day (I don’t care to say how long ago) our dad Walter Small had Rhododendrons imported from Holland as small baby plants. To this day a few of those old glorious beauties still alive in LaPorte.
When planted in masses, the flowering stalks can be breathtaking. Rhododendrons can also be utilized as foundation plantings. They can be a backdrop for perennials. Small groupings of Azaleas can have a similar effect with a different texture.
Rhododendrons and Azaleas both belong to the same plant genus (Rhododendron) and therefore, generally need the same type of environment to grow. Rhododendron and Azalea are, for the most part, are considered broad leaf evergreens. There are several varieties of Azalea, though, that are deciduous (they lose their leaves). Deciduous Azaleas grow tall and bloom with bright colorful flowers of burnt orange, yellow, and pastels. Some varieties can rebloom and grow in full sun (most prefer shady locations).
These lovely plants can make a big impact on your landscape. Their variety offers versatility in their placement and presentation. This May go out and enjoy the spectacular floral display of these elegant beauties.