The Girard’s Rose Azalea is a prolific spring-blooming rhododendron. This selection produces stunning rose-red single form blooms with ruffled edges. Each spring you will be anticipating an impressive display of blooms that will last for weeks.
Semi-Evergreen foliage emerges as a light green before maturing to an emerald hue. As the temperatures begin to drop in autumn the foliage will begin to bronze then take on a red hue and will thin with some that will remain until spring.
The Girard’s Rose Azalea is considered a dwarf variety and matures to 2-4′ H x 3-5′ W. Therefore, it naturally won’t engulf your landscape and can be used in containers, hedges, mass plantings, borders, or mixed beds. Furthermore, it responds well to shaping, so feel free to trim away.
Girard’s Rose Azalea Care
Hardy from USDA Zones 6-9
Plant in Partial Sun for best results. Filtered Sun for much of the day or 2-3 hours of direct sun a day is sufficient. Too much sun will stress the plant, while too little sun will result in decreased foliage and bloom potential.
This rhododendron has only medium water requirements once established. For the first growing season, provide supplementary water 2-3 times a week in average weather conditions.
The Girard’s Rose Azalea prefers acidic to neutral soil for best results. In addition, ensure that the soil drains well in order to avoid root rot.
Fertilize in early spring with a balanced acidic plant fertilizer. This will help ensure future growth and blooms, as well as promote the overall well-being of your plant.
Trim after the bloom cycle has ended. The Girard’s Rose Azalea, like other yearly blooming rhododendrons, begins compiling the next years blooms after the end of the current years cycle. Trimming too late will decrease the amount of potential blooms for the next year.
Girard’s Rose Azalea Spacing Recommendations
To create a seamless hedge we recommend planting 2′ Appart and to create individual shrubs plant at least 3-4′ apart