|Hello, My cousins brother-in-law passed away, and instead of sending flowers, I would like to send them a couple of plants, preferable a flowering one. They live in North Carolina and Texas. They love the garden. Thank you for your response.|
|Azaleas grow really well in North Carolina. For small yards, Dwarf Indica (Rhododendron eriocarpum), Kurume (Rhododendron obtusum) or Satsuki Azaleas will all grow in part sun/part shade and flower at this time each year. Or Gardenias are lovely shrubs and bloom from spring through fall. (Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans').
Texas has lots of different microclimates so I'm not sure which plants will grow well in your cousin's yard. One that seems to do well throughout Texas is Abelia 'Rose Creek'. It is the densest and most compact form of Abelia. This attractive shrub makes a tidy and elegant summer flowering shrub in full sun to part shade.
Hope this information is helpful.