A few early blooming rhododendrons

The rhododendrons are just beginning to bloom. The first one is the beautiful red 'Taurus'. This is one of the first I planted and it has improved every year. This is the first time it has had this many blooms.

'Blue Baron' is one I found at Home Depot after first moving here. It is a puny shrub but that color makes me weak.

Another small one is 'Ramapo'. It is planted next to the front steps. True to the description, it is staying under 2 feet.


And finally, 'PJM', the very first rhododendron to bloom. It has been blooming about two weeks now.


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver


  1. These photos make me want to dash out and purchase some early blooming Rhodies. I too love that blue one.

  2. Azaleas were once widely planted in SoCal because they were familiar plants to the many people who moved here from elsewhere, but have been vanishing--too vulnerable to our increased heat and higher water bills. The Rhodies in your garden are marvelous. It is a treat to see them.


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