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.
Encore Azaleas are more sun tolerant than other azaleas and are rebloomers with rich, colorful blooms in spring, summer and autumn. Azaleas with a purplish hue are a great alternative to pink and also compliment lighter corals and white Azaleas, adding a rich burst of colour to your landscape.
In early spring this deciduous Azalea really shows off with sumptuous balls of pure white flowers highlighted with a yellow flare. Quite hardy but prefers a sheltered position in sun or part shade and deep acid soil to do well.
Flower Colour: White / Yellow Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 1.5m x 1.2m
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Kurume azaleas are popular due to their early and heavy bloom and their relatively small plant size, fitting in nicely in many landscape situations calling for dwarf or small sized plants. They are evergreen, early blooming, with abundant smallish mid-purple flowers. Likes acid soil and semi shade.
A rewarding and easy to grow evergreen shrub that has neat and tidy dark green foliage that is set alight with fiery double red blooms from winter to spring. Prefers a semi-shaded spot, well drained soil that is on the acid size. Generally hardy.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 75cm x 50cm
The large cerise pink blooms of this cheerful little Azalea will certainly brighten up the garden from winter through to spring. A neat and tidy compact habit with evergreen foliage. Plant in semi-shade or morning sun in well drained acid soil for best results.
Pretty, pure white, semi-double blooms that are lightly scented sit amongst the fresh green foliage from early spring. Just lovely to light up a semi-shaded spot in the garden. Perfect for group planting or perhaps as a low hedge. Prefers acid soil. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 70cm x 70cm
Fragrant and exceptionally hardy providing a massive display of brilliant, golden yellow single blooms with salmon pink highlights in late spring after opening from red-orange buds. Lush, bright green foliage, excellent for massing in shrub borders and perennial beds, or as a vibrant flowering foundation plant. Deciduous.
Gaunda Red. These little beauties are a low maintenance, evergreen plant that are really effective when planted in mass. They are covered in an abundance of flower early spring. Like all Azaleas these are acid loving plants that require a sheltered spot in sun - part shade. Hardy, evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 70cm x 60cm
Delightful miniature with green tufted foliage and masses of single pink flowers in early summer. A reliable and hardy Azalea that looks great mass planted. Happiest in part shade, mulch the roots well to keep cool in summer. Evergreen.