Imagine: You walk through your landscape from late-June through mid-July and you’re greeted by sweet perfume. When you drink your morning coffee outside, or sip a cocktail in the evening, the air is filled with fragrance. It seems like your entire yard is scented, but you know that at this time of year it comes from two shrubs.
Name: Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Lollipop’ and ‘Weston’s Lemon Drop.’ aka the lollipop azalea and lemon drop azalea.
Type of Plant: These deciduous azaleas are both hybrids from Massachusetts’ own Mezitt family at Weston Nurseries. These shrubs grow to between four and six feet tall and wide (mine have stayed constant at 4 feet tall and wide over the past ten years) and they do well in part sun or part shade.
Why I Love this plant: The beauty of these plants is that they flower in the summer, not the spring, when you’ll be outside to enjoy their fragrance. Lollipop flowers are pink and they open in late June. Lemondrop flowers are pale yellow and open in mid July. So if you plant one or more of each you’ll have fragrance over a four to six week period.
A Word to the Wise: Plant these where there is good drainage and prune them by cutting the new growth down by half just after they finish flowering.