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.
A superior deciduous Azalea with fragrant golden-yellow blooms that appear in spring. The new foliage is bronze-green and shows good disease resistance. Nice autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Award of Garden Merit from the RHS. Plant in sun or part shade in deep acid soil.
This little evergreen Azalea is also known as 'Butterfly Dance' and when you see it completely smothered in deep pink blooms in spring you can understand why. Fresh green foliage that shows bronze tones in winter. Easy to grow in a semi-shaded position in acid soil. Group plant for impact.
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 deep pink flowers with lighter centres. Likes acid soil and semi shade.
This small deciduous Azalea is a real sweetie with softest pink blooms that have a flare of cream and delicate orange. Beautiful in very early spring. Happiest in deep, free draining, acid soil In sun or part shade.
Southern Indica. Mardi Gras is a low, spreading Belgian Indica azalea which produces the striking colours of white background with red stripes and flashes coming from the centre. The masses of bi coloured blooms are eye catching to say the least.
Flower Colour: White / Red Habit: Bushy Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 80cm x 80cm
Azalea Mardi Gras
Expected Stock Height: 20/25 cm ?
New stock expected Middle of May, 2024. Waitlist now. Estimated price TBA. Payment on order.
A NZ bred Hybrid with large frilly trusses of bloom in brilliant orange tones. The blooms are lightly scented. Provides a spectacular display in spring. Fresh green summer foliage and nice autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Plant in sun or semi-shade in deep acid soil for best results. Deciduous.
Flower Colour: Brown / Orange Habit: Upright Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 1.5m x 1.2m
Azalea Melford Flame
Expected Stock Height: 40/50 cm ?
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If you like yellow you will love this deciduous Azalea that has glowing spring blooms in tones of lemon and saffron yellow all highlighted with an apricot flare. The blooms have the added bonus of being lightly scented. Happiest in deep acid soil in sun or part shade. Bred in NZ. Deciduous.
An outstanding deciduous Azalea that produces large, luscious, vivid golden-orange blooms with a yellow flare. The blooms are scented and appear in early spring. Plant in a sheltered position and mulch the roots regularly to keep cool. Happy in sun or part shade. Good autumn colour.
A compact little Azalea with bright pink open blooms that are edged with white. The peak flowering time is spring though there is often a smattering of blooms in autumn. Neat dark green foliage and a compact habit. Prefers a semi-shaded position and acid soil. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Pink / White Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 40cm x 60cm
Mrs Kint is at her best in spring when she decorates her dainty dark green foliage with beautiful single red blooms. Happiest in light shade. Nice compact plant which could be used for a low hedge in a shady part of the garden. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: Red Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 40cm x 60cm