Don’t you love moving into a new home and discovering there are numerous flowering trees and bushes on the property that you didn’t realize?
It’s easy to miss these details especially when you move into a home during months when trees and bushes are not in bloom. It’s also easy to miss these details when you are more worried about home inspections, air conditioning units, cracks in the foundation, kitchen appliances etc. Seems like landscaping is an after thought.
I love discovering new aspects of our home. We have many large blooming Rhododendrons on our property. Want to know the best part? They require very little maintenance 🙂
Rhododendrons are best when planted in the Spring time after the danger of frost has ended. Using correct soil pH for the growing Rhododendron bush is crucial, between 4.5 and 5.5 on the pH scale is appropriate.
Unlike many blooming plants, Rhododendron bushes do not like full morning sun in winter and do best when planted in a bit of shade. Growing Rhododendrons are also happiest in a location protected from the wind, so choose the location wisely when planning your landscaping. Ours are planted close to the house and fairly protected from the elements.
Caring for Rhododendrons will be easier if they are planted is moisture retaining and well-draining fertile soil.
Caring for these shrubs is easy. They should be occasionally trimmed and pruned to maintain the shape. Maintenance pruning involves removing the spent flowers and old, dead wood. If allowed to remain, these dead flower clusters can reduce the following year’s flowering. To properly prune, cut near the base of the old flower cluster. Also, remove dead or diseased parts of the shrub, following the branch back to healthy wood and making your cut at that point.
Our Rhododendrons bushes are encased in boxwood bushes, which have grown too tall.
In the front of the house, we have 5 additional Rhododendron shrubs, also hidden by overgrown bushes.
We get to enjoy these pretty shrubs through our dining room window.
And cutting a few branches to bring inside is always a good idea.
As pretty as the boxwood shrubs and Rhododendron bushes are on our property, we have other bushes in our front yard that are in terrible condition, destroyed by hungry deer.
We are embarking on a huge landscaping project in the front and back of our home involving removing bushes and replacing them with deer resistant greenery, flowers and shrubs. In addition, we are adding hardscape and making repairs to existing hardscape. Stay tuned for all the details, I will update you all on our landscaping progress with all the horrific before pictures!
You can also get daily inspiration by following along on Instagram HERE.