One of my very early shrub plantings is still going strong, over twenty years later. This, sadly, has not always been the case in the Wattle Woods! It's the bright red early flowering rhododendron Kaponga, a New Zealand variety.
A bit of extra watering and some bags of horse manure every few years must have done the trick. The Wattle Woods is protected from the early frosts, so Kaponga's buds and flowers don't get too cool.