There is perhaps no other sight quite so welcome as the brilliant fire of an Azalea in bloom! Wake up your new growing season with these dynamic and dependable shrubs from Nature Hills.
Azaleas are in the plant genus of Rhododendrons. The difference between Azaleas and Rhododendron are in the shape of the flowers and the way the flowers grow on the stems.
You'll see single funnel-shaped blooms held at the end of the branches on Azaleas. Rhododendrons produce clusters of bell-shaped flowers.
Over 10,000 different Azaleas have been named. There are a large selection of sizes, flower colors, and bloom times to look at!
There are even deciduous Azaleas and evergreen Azaleas. The evergreen Azaleas are mostly natives of Japan, and they hold their glossy green leaves year-round.
We are here to help you with this happy decision. Get to know your garden, and then check out the Plant Highlights on the product pages to find the perfect match.
Start by shopping for bloom color! That's the fun part, isn't it?
A wide variety of flower colors and patterns are offered in the Azalea family. But the next few steps are where you'll make the best decision when selecting an Azalea plant for your landscape.
You'll need to know what your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone is. Type in your zip code in the Zone Finder above the Plant Highlights and you'll find out your magic number.
Plants have different care requirements. It can be too hot or too cold for them...make sure the Zone range includes your area.
You'll also find a vast range of sizes and shapes of Azalea bushes for sale on our website. You can filter the results displayed by height and spread on our site.
If you have full sun with at least six hours of direct light a day, choose sun-tolerant varieties like pink flowering Bloom-A-Thon® Hot Pink Reblooming Azalea. Azalea shrub shade selections usually prefer partial sun or dappled shade, with no more than four hours of sunlight a day.
Before Azalea shrub planting, do a quick test of the pH of your soil pH with a home kit. Soil acidity pH for Azaleas should be in the range between a low of 4.5 and a high of 6.0 for best results.
For alkaline soil with higher pH, consider growing them in containers with potting mix for acid-loving plants. Or, prepare a raised bed with amended soil.
Track your plants right to your doorstep. Open the box and give them a good drink.
Dig their planting hole a bit less than the height of the container. Dig it twice as wide as the container and place Nature Hills Root Booster at the bottom.
Azaleas do not like "wet feet'' and will drown in standing water. Provide well-drained soil, or improve drainage with a tried-and-true trick.
Plant Azalea shrubs "high" with the tops of their root balls exposed a few inches above the ground level. Then, mound up additional soil to cover just the sides of the root ball...but don't cover the top of the root ball.
Mulch well with humus-rich pine needles or pine bark. Add a three-inch layer to cover the shallow roots, then pull it back away from touching the stems.
It's best to keep the root systems moist with pH neutral captured rainwater, if you can. Use a rain barrel to make it easy!
In a dry fall, water heavily before the frosts come. Your shrubs will thank you for this winter protection.
Established Azalea bush maintenance includes regular reapplication of pine straw mulch. Keep the area around Azaleas weeded, as their shallow roots don't like competition.
Apply an ericaceous flowering fertilizer formula in early spring when the plants are waking up. Follow the directions and application rates on the label.
Please avoid fertilizing after June, to keep from pushing plants into active growth before the winter cold. The late growth is susceptible to frost and freeze damage.
To avoid cutting off next year's flower buds, do major pruning of Azaleas soon after they bloom. Most of them bloom on old wood from last year.
Enjoy the flowers first before you prune to shape or shear. Don't wait too long after flowering, or you might accidentally trim off next year's blooms!
Reblooming Encore® Azaleas should be trimmed right after the first flush of flowers is done. Use a light hand when pruning these showy shrubs!
Azalea flowers come in an incredible array of rich colors. Plant a living jewelry box with all your favorites...or select a variety of shapes, but keep all the blooms in the same color family.
It's also true that Azaleas can be used in many ways in landscapes. Try Azaleas as specimen plants or focal points, foundation planting, hedges, screens, and container plants.
They can be placed in borders and beds, and along paths and driveways. Azaleas have so much versatility because of their varied characteristics of plant size, flower colors and bloom times.
Enjoy your magnificent Azaleas! When in doubt, order more and go bold with your design choices.
Azaleas aren't wimpy. They will look simply breathtaking in a massed display, or double row hedge.
You can even grow tree-form Azaleas indoors...or give them as fantastic plant gifts. Learn how to care for Everyday Azaleas here.
Need help choosing just the right one? Email us at email@example.com or call our Nature Hills plant experts at 888.864.7663 to place your order.
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