We’ll “Azalea” with color!

Are you looking for a flowering shrub that doesn’t require a lot of fussing? You may want to consider an Azalea.

Azaleas are part of the Rhododendron family or genus. They are similar in appearance to a Rhodie but typically have less stamens (5 vs. 10) as well as thinner, more pointed leaves.

Azaleas are fairly easy to grow, relatively pest-free and like moderate temperatures (zone 6 – 8). They typically bloom in the spring, from mid-April to mid-May (although with the early heat in March, some may have bloomed early).  Azaleas grow best slightly acidic soil, making them a great choice if you are looking for something to plant around the base of your oak or pine tree. Azaleas also prefer moist but well-drained soil (no “wet feet” here!) and variable sun and shade.

This landscape broadleaf evergreen Azalea prefers slightly acidic soil and variable sun and shade.