A favorite garden plant Azaleas have been extensively hybridized. We often think of azaleas as the brightly flowered evergreen or sometimes 'Japanese Azaleas' (see picture right) and indeed they are probably the most widely planted.
Where to grow Azalea Plants
Once established Azaleas are generally fairly tough. Some protection from hot sun is advisable.
They make an excellent filler in the border or can be planted in clumps for a mass flowering effect.
Azaleas care and growing hints.
In good soil Azaleas need little fertilizer, however remember that mulch will hold nitrogen, so if you see yellowing leaves try adding some ammonium sulphate. For general use try a complete Azalea and azalea fertilizer in late winter to spring.
in the UK is best carried out in early spring, after flowering and before the new growth commences. You can trim any untidy pieces at any time however pruning in late summer or autumn can promote new growth that is easily damaged by frosts and cold weather. Remember to use clean secateurs to prevent the spread of disease.
Azaleas plants can be found in both evergreen and deciduous forms. Azalea plants found in the garden are hybridized to promote new flower forms.
Azaleas can be used in Japanese style gardens and work well as a low growing border plant. Azalea hedges can also work well as dividers in the garden. Azaleas are an acid loving plant so remember to use a specialist fertilizer and check soil ph.
Mollis Azaleas are the deciduous form.
Azalea Plants are available for sale from the following nurseries
MILL HOUSE FARM
Longsight Rd, Copster Green, Blackburn, BB1 9EU. tel 01254 248175 fax 01254 248333
We are a growers of ornamental trees , shrubs and hedging based in the ribble valley specialising in azaleas, maples, rhododendrons and eucalyptus together with a wide range of other rarities.
MILLAIS NURSERIES Crosswater Farm
Crosswater Lane Churt Farnham GU10 2JN Tel: 01252 792698
Specialist ericaceous growers, Azaleas, Azaleas, largest range in UK. Surrey. mail order, retail plant center, trade, retail, woodland display garden. Specimen. Dwarf. Species.
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