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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33 thoughts to “Rhododendrons”
Wow, they look beautiful! That would make me smile every time I passed it.
They sure are beautiful!
…I’m surprised that Rhododendron will grow in Florida.
this isn’t in Florida – as I said my friend lives in another state further north
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!
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.
One of my favorite flowers!!
Wow, they really put on quite a show! Beautiful skies, too.
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.
WOW! Gorgeous Rhodedondrons!
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.
I think it’s my yard.
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.
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.
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.
I can imagine it is a show stopper.
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.
I’d love to see your blue/white one. Please take photos and share in the group!
Lovely rhodie photo and awesome clouds/sky shot ~ Xo
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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!!
I have friends with azaleas but for some reason they don’t grow for me.
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.
I have the same trouble with azaleas – might be our soil, or sun locations, etc You can try at your new home and see.
It is a beautiful shrub even when it has no flowers. With flowers, it’s gorgeous!
Beautiful! I have only grown them in pots on my terrace. Yours are fabulous.
Rhododendrons are beautiful! You don’t find them in my corner of the world!
Happy Monday, Carol!
Beautiful photos, that name Rhododendrons always makes me laugh and to this day I still have trouble pronouncing it heeheh!
Have a Rhododendronstastic week 👍
We had a rhododendron that was nearly 10 feet tall – a beautiful specimen – which died a few years ago. I still miss it’s lovely blooms, as do the birds that used to nest in it.
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that’s sad – so sorry
I love rhododendrons!
Rhodos are so universal and gorgeous! Fabulous harbingers of springtime.
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Beautiful Rhodendrones , Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.