Rhododendrons and azaleas add year-round beauty to your landscape. There has been a lot of breeding going on to come up with some amazing colors, flower forms, and reblooming capabilities. Colors range from pure white, to pinks, yellows and oranges, reds, and many lavender, lilac and purple colors.
All azaleas are included in the Genus Rhododendron, but not all rhododendrons are azaleas. What does that mean actually? It has to do with how the plants are classified in the family tree of rhododendrons. Some have small scales, some are evergreen, and they get classified into other subgenus, so it is more for the botanists to categorize them.
Both rhododendrons and azaleas are grown in much the same way; they love rich, acid soils (pH of 5.5) high in organic matter that drains well. Their root systems are shallow, and the plants prefer even moisture and light mulch over the roots will help them thrive.
Plant them in somewhat protected locations, not exposed areas or windy spots which can dry the plants out (especially for the evergreen types). They do need to have some sun to make the best flower displays. Some will flower in shade and others tolerate full sun so be sure to read each of our descriptions to know the best plants for the location at your home.
The best rule of thumb for pruning rhododendrons and azaleas is wait until the flowers are done and immediately following the first bloom as the best time to prune your plants. Pruning at other times of the year will eliminate the flower buds that have already been formed at the branch tips.
Beautiful foliage, amazing flower color options, reblooming capabilities, and let’s not forget the many different mature size options that Nature Hills brings to the table with our amazing collection. Many of the selections hold their leaves year-round, and some have absolutely incredible fall color too.
Finding room in your landscape to include rhododendrons and azaleas in your landscape in not a challenge, but a must. Super elegant planted in informal masses in the understory, foundation plantings, low hedging near patios and front entrances, and the larger selections make super privacy hedges!