If you are looking up Azaleas in your gardening books or perhaps on the internet you may not find any listed unless you look under Rhododendron as this group of plants actually belong to that particular plant genus. As the gardening public and horticulturists have known them as Azaleas for so long that tends to be what they are more commonly called and as we don't wish to add to the confusion we'll stick with Azalea as well.
Azaleas can be either deciduous or evergreen and the two are really very different.
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Evergreen Azaleas are really like very small compact Rhododendrons and enjoy similar growing conditions i.e. rich soil that has an acid ph and perhaps a nice leafy layer of mulch. Most prefer a little afternoon shade but this is not absolutely essential as long as the surface roots don't dry out. There are mainly 2 groups of evergreen Azaleas grown in New Zealand. Azalea indica which has large showy flowers in single or double forms and the brightest of shades. Azalea kurume is not quite as bold and brassy as A. indica and has small rounded leaves and dainty little single blooms. The size of the blooms is more than made up for in quantity. This Azalea is very long flowering and the blooms are produced in absolute profusion. A. Kurume is more cold tolerant as well. Both varieties are invaluable for winter display and mass planting.
If you want something a little more dramatic then it would be worth considering deciduous Azaleas. These come in very hot shades of orange, yellow and gold along with quieter pastels. Many are strongly perfumed. Extremely hardy to cold yet tolerant of quite a lot of sun. Grow them in the same soil conditions as other Rhododendron/Azalea forms, mulch regularly and they will be hapy. The large flowers apear in spring and are simply breath-taking. The new foliage often has an attractive bronze undertone but eventually turns green. In autumn the foliage changes again and provides an excellent colourful display.
So no matter if an Azalea is really a Rhododendron, when the debate about the name ends their beauty will still endure.
Large, frilly, double pink flowers with a gorgeous perfume will delight you when they emerge in spring. The fresh green summer foliage puts on a spectacular autumn display prior to leaf fall. Easy to grow in sun or part shade and quite hardy. Plant in deep acid soil for best results. Deciduous.
With an abundance of single, frilled salmon plants from early spring until early summer this delightful little Azalea will cheer up any semi-shaded spot in the garden. Fresh green foliage that shows bronze tones in winter, well behaved and easy to grow. Prefers acid soil. Evergreen.
Set the spring garden on fire with the glowing coppery red blooms of this showy deciduous Azalea. The blooms are large, rounded and frilled and carry a delicate scent. Plant in sun or part shade in well drained acid soil. Fresh green summer foliage with autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 1.5m x 1m
Azalea Copper Frills
Expected Stock Height: 60/70 cm ?
New stock expected Middle of July, 2024. Waitlist now. Estimated price TBA. Payment on order.
Glowing, crimson red, semi double blooms smother the glossy green foliage of this lovely Kurume Azalea in late winter early spring. The foliage has a reddish-purple tinge in winter. Happiest in a semi-shaded position. Avoid Lime. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 60cm x 60cm
Set the spring garden on fire with the glowing coppery yellow blooms of this showy deciduous Azalea. The blooms are large, rounded . Plant in sun or part shade in well drained acid soil. Fresh green summer foliage with autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Deciduo Suitable for warmer areas including Auckland/Northland
Very fragrant and very beautiful soft pink flowers flushed with a deeper pink tone and highlighted with an orange flare. Easily grown in sun to part shade and acid soil. Prune, if required, after flowering in spring. 'Delicatissima' means "most charming" and indeed it is. Deciduous.
Set your early spring garden alight with this gorgeous deciduous Azalea. The spring blooms are a delicious deep red and carry a nice light perfume. Compact habit with bronze-green summer foliage with autumn tones of scarlet and orange prior to leaf fall. Plant in acid soil. Deciduous
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 1.5m x 1.2m
Encore Azaleas are more sun tolerant than other azaleas and are re-bloomers with rich, colourful blooms in spring, summer and autumn. This striking variety stands out in any landscape with its blazing display of colour.
Flower Colour: Red Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 90cm x 100cm
Azalea Encore Autumn Embers
Expected Stock Height: 15/20 cm ?
New stock expected Middle of December, 2023. Waitlist now. Estimated price $29.99. Payment on order.
Gorgeously pink, Single flowers appear in spring and repeat during summer and autumn; in winter the evergreen foliage becomes bronze, for year-round colour interest -- in containers as well as borders. These lovely shrubs look terrific in a mixed border or in foundation plantings. All thrive in full sun or partial shade and evenly moist, acid soil.
Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 100cm x 90cm
Azalea Encore Empress
Expected Stock Height: 30/40 cm ?
New stock expected Beginning of July, 2024. Waitlist now. Estimated price TBA. Payment on order.