The Q&A Archives: Rhododendrons & Hydrangeas

Question: I want to add some rhododendrons and hydrangeas to my yard. I live in Atlanta, GA and would like to know what kind of rhodies to get (preferably, red, pink or purple) and where to plant them. In the back yard, along my fence, I have some pretty shady areas with tall trees - very high canopies - and I want to add some color along the ground. Will both of these kinds of flowering shrubs work well - rhodies and hydrangeas? Also, when should I plant them?

Answer: Robert,

Azaleas do much better than rhododendrons in the south. The shady areas you have should be fine for azaleas and hydrangeas as long as the shade is bright (not too dense for too much of the day). The rhododendrons may work but would be more risky and picky about growing conditions. The best planting time is in fall or late winter.

The following two websites will give you much more information on growing these plants than I can fit in this brief reply:

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