The brave garden writer Adrian Higgins does garden designers a big favor in today's WaPo – by dumping on the overused and misused azaleas now screaming from foundations all over the region. And while designers have to politely tiptoe around the subject, Higgins goes right for the jugular, before moving on to his suggested alternatives:
April brings tens of thousands of azaleas stampeding through the suburban Serengeti like a herd of wildebeest. Pink wildebeest. Cherry red wildebeest. Fuchsia wildebeest.
Florally, it's a binge banquet for three weeks followed by a diet of gruelish greenery the rest of the year.
The "garden" above is not far from me, and a perfect example of everything Higgins complains about – plus really bad pruning.