Plant enthusiasts have selectively bred azaleas for hundreds of years. This human selection has produced over 10,000 different cultivars which are propagated by cuttings. Azalea seeds can also be collected and germinated. Azaleas are generally slow-growing and do best in well-drained acidic soil (4.5–6.0 pH). Fertiliser needs are low; some species need regular pruning.
Azaleas are native to several continents including Asia, Europe and North America. They are planted abundantly as ornamentals in the southeastern USA, southern Asia, and parts of southwest Europe.
While azaleas are nowhere near as popular as they were some years ago, they’re still hard to beat when it comes to producing a mass of garden colour in winter and spring. Azaleas vary in size from small, rather delicate shrubs that are happiest in pots, to the large, hardy indica varieties that seem able to survive all the climatic challenges that are thrown at them. The latter group includes salmon-pink ‘Splendens’, purple ‘Magnifica’ and white or bicoloured bloomers that can reach up to more than two metres tall.
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Beautiful and strong in frosty times. Have them in the garden too.ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting
beutiful but they always died for me :(ReplyDelete
One of my favorite flowers, since they hardly require upkeep! Our previous condo we had one standing next to the front door. I would love to purchase a white one.ReplyDelete
wonderful color, I love Azaleas!
Have a nice weekend,
Azalea's remind me of Spring. The bright colours cheer me up! Here an awful lot of rain. It looks like Autumn. Groetjes,ReplyDelete
Beautiful photo and interesting information!ReplyDelete
Recently here in the USA, garden centers have had 'Encore Azaleas' for sale. They bloom in the Spring and again in the Autumn - an encore performance. A friend gave me one, and now it is in full bloom as we enter the cooler weather of Autumn.
Nick, what a wonderful color. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Really, those are beautiful flowers !!ReplyDelete
Happy Sunday !
I love azaleas and your pink ones are just gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing those beautiful picture with us!!! Love those so colorful flowers:)ReplyDelete