Experience In Kansas
I am from SE Kansas and have a new obsession with Rhodies and azaleas. I would like to know if anyone on GW has any experience growing them in our hot dry summers and cold windy (well.. dry this year for sure) winters. We can get up to 105 in the summer and after july 1st its usually very dry, before that very very humid. Winter is usually (although not in the past few years) cold and very windy. My yard is mostly shade in varying degrees, and a bit of shade.
I managed to keep three encore azaleas through the winter, but we didn't have much of one. I DID have to water them, as we haven't had any precipitation to speak of since around SEPTEMBER.
I also have three girard's crimson azaleas, three formosas, three huge rhodies (i work at a nursery and got a good deal!), a huge roseum elegans, 4 ramapo (sp?) rhodies, and an olga metitz (sp?) rhodie, an aglo rhodie, and two other (cant think of the names) azaleas, and also two mtn laurels.
Any tips/suggestions would be great. I really love these and want them to be successful.