Give Your Garden Bright Spring Color
Subtle spring rhododendrons
Tulips may be splashier, but rhododendrons can coax a sleepy woodland garden or a shaded nook to life. Flowers glowing in bright white, blue and purple fill the woody stems of these fragrant understory shrubs.
The Holden Arboretum's 20-acre rhododendron collection in Kirtland, Ohio, 20 miles northeast of Cleveland, nestles in rolling hills, shaded by towering oaks and maples. The Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden includes more than 500 cultivated varieties; some are nearly 60 years old.
Age brings beauty to rhododendrons, and these massive specimens create captivating drifts of white, yellow, orange, magenta and purple alongside wide walking paths.