It's springtime in the south and that means azaleas. They are every where! I don't believe that there is one house on my street that does not have azaleas planted. One of the reasons is that apparently when our subdivision was built (in 1984), the only landscaping you did around the homes were azaleas and boxwoods. Everyone has them. Of course, in the 30 or so years since them, a lot of people have redone their landscaping.
The problem is that they are at the front of the house in front of windows. So, unless you want your windows blocked you have to keep them trimmed back into little azalea balls. I hate that. I much prefer azaleas that are allowed to keep their natural shape. The pink azalea above is from my neighbors backyard. It is so pretty and natural.
We have added a few azaleas in our back wooded area of the yard so that they can keep their natural shape. We still have the old (and tired) ones in the front of out house though.
The above coral colored azaleas are one of those that we have to keep trimmed back. It has the most gorgeous colored flowers.
We also have white azaleas on each side of our front porch. While I love azaleas, we do have a lot of trouble with spider mites. I can see the evidence of them already. If you have azaleas, how do you keep the spider mites off of them?