North American native rhododendrons typically thrive in filtered sunlight and acidic soil, but modern varieties can tolerate a wider range of conditions.  It does best when planted in dappled shade on the north side of a building. Growing rhododendrons are happiest in a location protected from the wind and not under eves of a building. They thrive in growing zones 4 to 8.




I’ve wanted to have rhododendrons for several years but have never found them in local garden shops.  Here in central Florida, I know a few people who have planted azaleas which is in the rhododendron family, but my attempts to raise azaleas have failed.  These pretty photos are from a friend further north.  I thank you Carole for sharing them.





















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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

33 thoughts to “Rhododendrons”

  1. Maybe the next time you visit your sister you should buy a rhododendron to take home. Of course, I’m not sure how it would get there, but I could see you giving it a wonderful try!

    1. no I don’t think it would travel well on a plane! I am planning to come up in August for 2 weeks. We aren’t planning to do much except spend time together.

  2. My rhododendrons are probably my favorite flowering bush/plant. They thrive no matter what I seem to do to them and for me that is a must. I do not have a green thumb at all.

  3. Azaleas thrive in Tulsa as long as the winters are not too cold, which it was this past year so a lot died back. Still they do well most of the time.

  4. I (and my whole neighborhood) grew fabulous Formosa azaleas in central-coast FL, so I don’t know why you couldn’t grow them–they are a great substitute for rhodies.

    1. I have a friend with huge azaleas but Ive planted them several times and they die. Might be my yard or the location don’t know but I’d love to have them.

  5. I love rhododendrons they never fail to give a beautiful show, just like your friend’s plant.
    There is a house in the village not too far from us that has a huge rhododendron on the front of their house. It’s a pleasure to look at as I drive by.

  6. A pink beauty. I have a blue/white one and it took it three years after I planted it for it to bloom. But it is gorgeous this year. Thanks for sharing your pink beauty @aclwcc.

  7. Carol,
    I guess I never realized that azaleas and Rhododendrons are a rarity in Florida…They are so plentiful here…The one that you have pictured is stunning!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  8. We had a man in Amherstburg called Rhododendron Bob. His home was loaded with Rhododendrons and he made sure that the town had these beautiful flowers. I could never plant them properly. I guess I just didn’t have a green thumb. Have a great weekend Carol.

    Cruisin Paul

    1. I have the same trouble with azaleas – might be our soil, or sun locations, etc You can try at your new home and see.

  9. Beautiful photos, that name Rhododendrons always makes me laugh and to this day I still have trouble pronouncing it heeheh!

    Have a Rhododendronstastic week ?

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