Azaleas grow well in this part of the country. Almost everyone's yard has at least one azalea, and many yards have numerous azalea plants. When I started gardening, I decided I did not want any azaleas - they were too common. I wanted something different.
It took time for me to realize that the plants that are common here are common for a reason. The conditions for them are right for their success. Slowly, I became fascinated with the azaleas that put on a show every spring.
So I tried my hand at azaleas. Much to my surprise, they didn't do well for me. I decided to dig them up out of the garden and try something else. Still, I was intrigued by the showy azalea blooms in almost everyone else's garden and the color they brought each spring. I tried again.
Again, I failed. And a few years after that I tried again. And again, I failed. So, did I give up? No. I got stubborn. (Something I do very well - just ask my mother!) I decided I would have azaleas! After all - everyone else has azaleas! I couldn't be that big of a failure! It was quite frustrating.
Especially when every year the azaleas go on sale here for $2 to $3 each. I've had white azaleas, beautiful light pink azaleas, and I-can't-remember-the-color azaleas. None of them worked. I have one left (out of all those!) - and it never blooms. (These do not include the native, deciduous azaleas that actually are thriving in my garden.)
So, what did I do - again? You guessed it! I got suckered in by the annual azalea sale. And I bought several bright pink azaleas this time. I plan to put them in a place different than all the other spots I have tried growing azaleas. They are sitting in their pots, waiting patiently for me to place them in the ground.
Then, we shall see. If I fail again this year, I am off the azalea obsession! I promise!
Although.... I think there might just be one more spot I haven't tried yet.....
Is there a plant everyone else grows, but just won't grow for you?