There are over 1000 species of rhododendron. They are a showy plants that bloom in the Spring. I have seen many lovely colors of Rhododendron in the early Spring in the Northwest United States. In Southeast Alaska, we see these lovely flowers in the month of June. Some flower in early June, and some mid-June, so June is the Rhody month here in Petersburg.
This is my grandma's Rhody. It has been growing in front of this house since the '40's. For decades this was the species you would find in Petersburg. It has dark green leaves and pinky-purple flowers. You will find these plants alongside many homes in Petersburg.
My mom's yard is overflowing with this species of rhododendron.
Several years ago, a wonderful nursery opened in Petersburg. The owner, Denise, brought lots of new species into town. The new plants added variety to the standard pinky-purple show in the Spring.