Rhododendron and azalea shrubs are beloved for their showy blooms and easy care, making them popular choices for home gardens.
There are over 1,000 species of rhododendrons and over 10,000 named varieties and hybrids. Both plants are native to Asia and North America.
Flowers: Rhododendrons and azaleas are prized for their beautiful and showy flowers. Rhododendron flowers are usually trumpet-shaped, while azalea flowers are funnel-shaped. Both can come in a range of colors, including shades of pink, red, purple, white, and yellow. Some varieties also have bi-colored or speckled blooms.
Leaves: Throughout summer and fall, their handsome foliage adds a pleasing, deep green color to the garden. Some deciduous azaleas add bright fall color before their leaves drop. All evergreen rhododendrons and azaleas stand out in winter with their large leathery leaves.
Bloom time: The flowers bloom in spring and can last for several weeks. Both plants produce flowers at the ends of their branches, creating a stunning display. Some varieties of azaleas also have a sweet fragrance.
Uses: Rhododendrons and azaleas are popular choices for landscaping and can be used in a variety of ways, from hedges to borders to standalone specimens. They are also popular for use in container gardening and can be grown indoors in bright, indirect light.
Pollinators: Rhododendrons and azaleas are attractive to several types of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The showy flowers and sweet nectar of these plants serve as a valuable food source for these important pollinators.