As much as the yard here causes me grief (looks unkempt, is overgrown by blackberries and ivy, moles crop up all over the yard, etc. etc.), one thing I love is the many rhododendrons. We have rhodies in pink, purple, deep red, light lilac - so lovely.
And they've endured being pummeled by falling branches, lack of attention in the way of watering, feeding or pruning, and general hard times.
They're survivors, and they're just gorgeous.