Famous for fluorescent blooms in diverse, exciting shades, azaleas are poised to set gardens on fire in the coming weeks. Click through to see eight convincing reasons why you ought to consider this colorful springtime shrub for your own landscape—let the fireworks begin!
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8 Reasons to Love Azaleas
Classified in the genus Rhododendron, this signature of the South actually thrives above and below the Mason-Dixon line, in zones 5 through 9.
Evergreen or Deciduous
There are thousands of azalea varieties. Evergreen varieties feature purple and red blooms, while deciduous varieties see pink, orange, or red.
Partial or Full Sun
Evergreen azaleas prefer partial shade, plus they flower and finish sooner than deciduous azaleas, which last through the summer but require full sun.
Easy to Grow
Easy to Plant
Having determined the ideal amount of sun for your variety of azalea, dig wide first and then plant the root ball so that its top is level with the surface grade.