Please can anyone identify
stuart and Cody Posts: 74
I think these are both the same plant, can anyone help to identify them they have stringy branches really small leaves and are quite brittle (they snap easily).
Any advice would be much appreciated we have purchased a house with a lovely garden and these 2 bushes are huge and a little out of control I would like to learn about them and how to get the most out of them. Thanks
They look like azaleas to me.
I think the blue one might be a rhododendron - bigger leaves
Yes, agree with fidget azaleas. Interested to see any pruning advice from the experts. Mine are getting a bit tatty
I think you may be right, thank you so much.
They are both beautiful flowers
The leaves are really quite small on both, they branches are very stringy but that may of course be because try have been neglected.
Looking online I'm not sure they are rhododendron comparing the pics online.
They both look like very well-established but seriously neglected Azaleas to me. They look like they haven't been pruned ever.
I think you may be right i am looking for advice so I can prune them and get the best out of them.!
Rhododendrons and azaleas are in the same family as far as cultivation, feeding, pruning etc are concerned. The RHS offers this comprehensive advice with links to more info should you need it - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=529
Generally speaking you only need to prune them to remove dead or broken wood and then dead head after flowering. If you need to rpune them to restrict size or renew vigour, there's a link on the RHS page.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw