Fueled by the memory induced nausea of a suburban NJ childhood, Michele at Garden Rant laments the pathetic rhododendron that blocks her window somewhere in NY state and considers a drastic root pruning.
Meanwhile in the high mountain forests of NC, the wisdom of creation is revealed.
Behold. The Rhododendron.
They come in several shades.
And make a fine backdrop for the perennials in the wild cultivated garden.
Left alone, the rhododendron will become the majestic creature of its destiny.
Toss in a few of the deciduous azaleas, which botanically are also rhododendrons if you need more colors. The resident gardeners here always need more of ........
And that is what rhododendrons are supposed to look like in the garden. Prune away Michele.
But then, which of these creations is really the most beautiful?