|Rhododendrons surrounding the waterfall|
However, I did walk away with a respect for what nature does on its own. So often we focus on the newest plant hybrid or the latest methods for growing our plants bigger and better. We “shop” for the ones that are deer-resistant, pest-resistant, award-winners, drought-tolerant, and on and on. Meanwhile, God already designed the plants to grow without any help at all…in their own habitats. The rhododendrons were growing out of rocks! (That tops the clay soil of my PA yard!) They were growing under tall trees, fighting for the same sun and rain. Complementing the landscape could be seen fields of purple and white phlox. They were also in their native habitat.
So while it’s important to pay attention to the labels and conditions when buying new plants, we need to worry less about “perfecting” our gardens when the plants are native to our specific area. I have a rhododendron in my garden, and now that I think of it, I rarely need to tend to it. After all, it’s not just at home in my yard, but the