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About Azaleas

Azaleas are flowering shrubs in the genus Rhododendron (although notably different from traditional Rhododendrons) that include various deciduous and evergreen varieties. is proud to offer numerous different selections ranging from reliable classics to charming brand new varieties!

Why Should I Plant Azaleas?

Much like Gardenias, Azaleas are a quintessential southern beauty. If you happen to be driving through the sweet-tea-sipping South at the right time of the year, chances are you’ll be graced by a scene of scores and scores of stunning azalea blooms in white, orange, yellow, pink, red, and purple. There’s really nothing like it.

What Type of Azalea Should I Buy?

There’s an Azalea for every landscape! Some get 8-10 feet tall and some max out at only 2.5 feet tall. Some like only light sun exposure and some like 6 hours of direct sun.

Classic Azaleas

Most classic Azalea selections will bloom once or twice every year. They’re tried and true favorites that won’t let you down. They’re evergreen and come in nearly all sizes.

Encore Azaleas

Encore Azaleas rebloom up to 3 times per year! They range from intermediate to dwarf in size and come in almost every color known to Azaleas. For a true-red beauty, check out the Autumn Fire Encore Azalea. It’s a stunner!

Deciduous Azaleas

Deciduous Azaleas are where you’re going to find your boldest yellow and orange hues. These flowers appear once a year in Spring. They’re also lightly fragrant, while evergreen Azalea blooms are not. These varieties lose all of their leaves in winter and return with new growth and blooms in spring.

When Should I Plant Azaleas?

The ideal time to plant Azaleas is generally in spring or fall. However, that will depend on where you live. Some warmer climates can plant nearly all year long.

How late can I plant Azaleas in fall?

We recommend planting them two months before the average expected first freeze date in your area. However, you can be successful in planting them even just one month before your first frost. This is because the ground stays warmer than the air for up to a month in winter. But in this case, you’ll need to provide some kind of coverage over the plant, such as a freeze cloth or tarp for the first couple of freezes and for extended hard freezes.

Where Do I Plant Azaleas?

This will depend largely on what sort of planting conditions you’re dealing with. Dwarf varieties are perfect for foundation plantings around your home and in mixed garden beds. While larger varieties are ideal for house-corners and hedges.

Shade Azaleas

Azaleas tend to struggle in all-day heavy Shade. They tend to grow poorly and won’t bloom well, if at all. However, many azaleas will do well with just an hour or two of direct sun, or all-day filtered sun. These tend to be classic Azalea selections and/or varieties with a single bloom cycle, such as the Pride of Mobile Azalea.

Partial-Sun Azaleas

Areas with 3-4 hours of direct sun can be classified as Partial-Sun. Most Azaleas grow well in these conditions.

Full-Sun Azaleas

Many Azaleas will struggle in all-day Full-Sun, however, Encore Azaleas will grow in Full Sun in most USDA Zones! In this setting, they tend to get more seasonal foliage stress, but they also bloom like crazy thanks to the additional rays.

Deciduous Azaleas also do well in Full Sun.

How Do I Plant Azaleas?

First, determine your planting location based on the requirements of your variety. Then, dig a hole 3x as wide as the root ball of your plant. Mix your native soil with some good quality garden soil or compost, and backfill the hole with the soil mixture. Afterward, water your new planting 2-3 times per week for the first growing season.

Planting Tips:

  • Azaleas grow well in acidic soil. If your soil is too alkaline, your plants will likely struggle. To fix this issue, use a gradual soil acidifier such as Elemental Sulfur.
  • Azaleas need good drainage. If you have poor drainage, put 6-8 inches of pine bark mulch at the bottom of your planting hole and make sure the root ball of your plant extends several inches above the ground around it. Then just mound soil around the base of the plant.
  • Clay soil can prove challenging for Azaleas. However, if your soil is clay-heavy, mix pine bark in with your soil at a ratio of about 1:1. This will allow them to get the drainage and aeration they need to thrive.
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