Here is a spectacular shrub we encountered today at Wentworth Castle Gardens. Rhododendron mucronulatum flowers early but this was very early. It is such a sight on a December afternoon. It originates in N.E. Asia and Japan so is very hardy. It has been surprisingly hard to source and expensive. I have however ordered Mucronulatum "Cornell Pink" and hope this is the correct shrub. The final image demonstrates just how much it stands out in a tidy if dormant winter garden and why we were drawn to it.