Amazing azaleas: Simple guidelines can help keep your landscape lush and beautiful

Posted: January 27, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Flower size, color and shape vary greatly among the many cultivars of azaleas; some types lose their leaves in the winter and others stay green.

Azaleas rank among the most common plants we grow in our Southern landscapes.

Yellow or orange blooms suggest this is a native American azalea, which will lose its leaves in the fall.

Some evergreen azaleas have flecked or striped flowers.

Petal shapes vary greatly, from round and overlapping to flat, curved, wavy, ruffled or thin and straplike, as above.

Buy azaleas with their mature size in mind to avoid onerous pruning chores.

Azaleas are understory plants that do well in filtered sun or morning sun with afternoon shade.

Look closely and you can see next season’s flower buds have formed on this azalea branch in August. Pruning would prevent flowers.

Encore azalea varieties bloom in the spring and the fall.

Azaleas are not drought tolerant plants; a bit of mulch can help to conserve soil moisture.

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