Rhododendrons & Azaleas

Pink azaleas

Beautiful flowering shrubs:

If you’ve ever read Daphne du Maurier’s novel “Rebecca” you’ll remember the recurring references to the azaleas that grew at Manderley and which were used in a perfume for its late mistress. The author describes a fragrance that captures the imagination, but leaves many gardeners scratching their heads. Many of our most familiar evergreen azaleas have little to no scent. If you want fragrance, you may have to sacrifice year-round foliage.

Though azaleas are a type of rhododendron, the labels are sometimes used interchangeably to describe these beautiful flowering shrubs. Originally from Asia, these plants are loved throughout the world and available in almost every colour. Rhodos and Azaleas are a particular boon to gardeners with acidic soil and partial shade. These conditions are not suited to every plant, but they are the exact conditions in which these shrubs can thrive.


Below is my pinterest board for Rhododendrons & Azaleas. If you hover and scroll, you’ll find many beautiful images of these voluptuous plants.


“Rhododendrons: An illustrated guide
to varieties, cultivation and care, with step-by-step instructions
and over 135 beautiful photographs” by Lin Hawthorne


Rhododendrons & Azaleas
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All azaleas are rhodos, but not all rhodos are azaleas!