Common rhododendrons in Semper Forest Park, Ruegen, Germany
© Sandra Bartocha/Minden Picture
All hail the king of shrubs
Often called the king of shrubs, rhododendrons are prized by gardeners for their green, glossy leaves and brightly coloured flowers. Depending on the variety, the blooms usually emerge anytime from late winter into summer. Either evergreen or deciduous, rhododendrons make up a large and diverse genus of woody plants in the heath family. With over 1,000 wild species and scores of cultivated options, rhododendrons are native to temperate areas of Asia, North America and Europe, as well as some tropical parts of Southeast Asia and northern Australia. Our image today captures them in full bloom in March, along a path at Semper Forest Park of Ruegen, Germany.