The first stretch was done under the shade of huge oak trees with an occasional rhododendron tree bursting into life with blood red flowers or a snake flower aping the hood of a cobra peeping out from the trunk of a tree.
These are gardens for all seasons with the rhododendron dell, the azaleas and flowering cherry trees in spring, and the rose gardens in summer.
‘It's ideal for plants that are acid lovers, such as rhododendron , azaleas and heathers, and it's also weed-free,’ he said.
The rhododendron 's dark leaves cup the offering of early flowers.
Lab tests suggest that a lethal disease of oak trees in California and Oregon could strike some popular garden shrubs in the rhododendron family.
With that in mind I plan a grouping of azaleas and rhododendrons in the corner formed by the house and wall.
This is one of the reasons that camellias do well on a north-facing wall and rhododendrons flower best in a woodland setting.
Pine needles tend to increase the acidity of the soil so they work best around acid-loving plants such as rhododendrons and blueberries.
If you need to lower the pH significantly, especially for plants such as rhododendrons , you can use aluminum sulfate.
At this time of year, the woodland garden brims with masses of colour coming from the thousands of rhododendrons , camellias, kalmias and magnolias.