Time's Up: Back Stoop Rhododendrons - May 2022
Back in early 2018, one of the initial moves we made in developing our garden and landscape was to add a pair of rhododendrons on either side of our back stoop. Why rhododendrons? Because the plan called for them. PJM Rhododendrons to be precise. They were planted in summer. They bloomed and looked great. A tropical-looking evergreen that is cold hardy to Zone 5b? What's not to like.
It was a couple of years that I mostly ignored them. They were watered and fed. But, that's it. At some point, they started to turn. And they started to deteriorate. By last summer, they looked shabby.
What do the pair of Rhododendrons look like this Spring? Not great. See below for the evergreen shrub to the north of the stoop:
That leads us to this year where I included a 'stoop upgrade' project on my to-do list.
13. Fix/upgrade back Stoop. Maybe it is a pair of Japanese Maples? Maybe it is a combination of things. Either way....the rhododendrons aren't working. Change that. Also, divide the volunteer sedum as it seems like it is adapting to Zone 5b.
I decided to put these both out back - in a partial shade bed. The worse-off-one is planted between a pair of Gold Cone Junipers and right in front of a fellow transplanted azalea. You can see that one below in this land-of-orphans bed. Random hostas, ferns and those troubled junipers are in there.
The removal of the rhododendrons is just one part of the whole 'stoop upgrade project'. What goes in there next? A pair of dwarf ginkgos. But, I'll post photos of those once I get them planted.
Here's my 2023 Morton Arboretum Plant Sale Posts:
- A single Orange Queen Epimedium for the understory garden in back.
- A single Island Breeze Hosta with red legs and bright yellow foliage planted in the understory garden in back.
- A pair of HGC Merlin Hellebores planted amongst the existing Lenten Roses.
- Three Spine Tingler Epimedium (Barrenwort) planted by Amber Queens.
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