The garden is 10 m wide and 44 m long. It’s quite a woodland garden with several trees, including an oak but no conifers.
A feature of the garden is a block of 3 or 4 Ponticum (wild) rhododendrons. At the moment they are pretty much 3 m high, 3 m wide and 3 m deep. I have to cut them back to waist height every six years or so or else they’ll take over. They enhance the woodlandy feel, and are a haven for small birds. The problem is that I’m not getting any younger.
I’ll cut them down this year again, but the next time it’s due I’ll be 80 and might not be quite as able. So, my question is: should I dig them up this year and replace them with hybrid rhododendrons? Will I lose that woodland look if I do? And do you have any suggestions, please?