The Rhododendron is a common plant here in the Pacific Northwest,
but this particular one stands out. Large purple flower trusses emerge in May, surrounded by whirled
arrangements of small, slightly cupped leaves. The foliage has a dense, luxurious appearance that is different
from most other rhodys. The plant prefers shade to
semi-shade and does best in an acid soil, making it a perfect plant for our North-facing front entry.
Paired with a finer-textured bamboo, potted Japanese Forest Grasses and Hellebores, the composition is always welcoming,
even when the flowers fade.