They are just a show stopper when the weather cooperates, in spite of the fact that this has been a crazy spring in the Washington D.C Metropolitan Area. A good example of how unexpected climate affects blooming plants is the well-known Cherry Blossoms. This year these famous trees were struggling to put out their regular show, thanks to freezing cold and rain.
However, back to our Azaleas. There is a rainbow of colors available. You just need to drive by any neighborhood to enjoy these beauties. The big problem is, they don’t last long and if you don’t hurry, perhaps by next week, the bushes will be all green.
Deer Resistant: Unfortunately, deer love to eat them.
Full Sun: Prefer shaded areas instead of full sun.
Partial Sun: Love partial sun
Shade: Yes, mostly under tree shade
Bloom Time: Spring, unfortunately just for few weeks.
Color: White, pink, lavender, red, orange, and more.
Size: Is a bush and must be trimmed right after it flowers.
Water Needs: Very forgiving, I don’t recall watering mine regularly.
Good Companion Plants: Any low/shorter size plants such as hostas or flowering annuals.
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