The very first time I saw the Southern Azaleas (Rhododendron indica). They took my breath away.
While I love their huge blousey flowers, the ‘Show Girls’ of the azalea world, I planted them because they are lovely evergreen shrubs. Two weeks of blooming beauty is not justification enough to merit the space.
The pink one is George L. Tabor, the white is G.G. Gerbing.