Southern Lady Andromeda "Featuring better heat- and disease-tolerance than your average andromeda, Southern Lady is a brand-new belle for the garden. It features clusters of fragrant white flowers in early spring..." New Trees Shrubs for 2013
Pieris floribunda (Mountain Pieris) - Native to the east coast, this small evergreen shrub is hardy through at least zone 5. It will grow 4'-6' tall and wide and has lustrous dark green leaves and flowers abundantly (hence its botanical name) with spikes of fragrant white blooms in April. Does best in partial shade as it's not suited for very sunny locations. Otherwise, has similar growing needs as rhodies.