SPRING

Go Gardening - - Trees And Shrubs -

From ear­li­est spring aza­leas and rhodo­den­drons put on jaw-drop­ping dis­plays of colour. The de­cid­u­ous aza­leas are par­tic­u­lar drama queens. Th­ese size­able shrubs flaunt fra­grant bou­quets of gold, or­ange and rosy pink. If you pre­fer a more de­mure colour scheme, look to the per­fume- packed de­cid­u­ous vibur­nums or lilacs (Syringa) for an equally florif­er­ous per­for­mance. If space is lim­ited con­sider hebes, laven­ders, er­i­cas and ev­er­green aza­leas, th­ese com­pact shrubs punch way above their weight with the colour they pro­duce on their small tidy frames.

ABOVE: Pink dog­wood, Cor­nus florida ‘Rubra’ is a small de­cid­u­ous tree. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Lilac (Syringa), Labur­num, Rhodo­den­dron.

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