Rose asked to see loropetalums. The first photo is how they looked at night, mid-January. They offer up little fringes almost year around, a few at a time.
Then mid-March, they make a big show at the same time as the azaleas and sweet peas. Loropetalum flowers last longer than azaleas, however.
Azaleas are a tremendous show in the south. In town, some ancient clumps are the size of a bus. It's a brief blaze, however. Out in the country, the most dreadful old shacks when decorated with a facade of azaleas and dogwoods in bloom look like fairyland for a few days, beneath a canopy of life oaks dripping spanish moss. Azaleas do stay green year-round. Some cultivars have prettier foliage than others.