Piedmont rhodendron

We have a problem area in our landscape;  it’s an area that gets overflow gutter water in heavy rains from the 100+ yr old apartment next door.  (The gutters seem to be old, too.)

We’ve lost a sassafras tree there (maybe more than one), and various other small trees that we’ve tried there too.

Currently, the Fraser magnolia, mountain laurel, and Piedmont azalea (rhododenron) are doing well.

It’s a delicate balance between managing the water flow abd keeping soil fertility (and soil organic matter high).  My gardening companion is good at managing this — he keeps tweaking the conditions in this spot.

I’m so glad to see this Piedmont azalea looking good; it was not looking good last fall!

Rhododendron punctatum and Fraser magnolia