Plant of the Sea­son Aza­lea

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These beau­ti­ful spring-flow­er­ing shrubs have been pop­u­lar gar­den, and house, plants for many cen­turies. They are na­tive to many parts of the world in­clud­ing North Amer­ica, Asia, Europe, Ja­pan and China.

Be­long­ing to the genus Rhodo­den­dron there are two types — de­cid­u­ous and ev­er­green. De­cid­u­ous aza­leas can reach sev­eral feet in height and of­ten have scented flow­ers and lovely au­tumn colour. The ev­er­green (or Ja­panese) aza­leas are far smaller and much slower grow­ing. There are now a huge va­ri­ety of cul­ti­vars that come in many colours with the vi­brant reds, pur­ples and pinks be­ing par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar.

Aza­leas like acid soil that is moist and well drained. In­cor­po­rate plenty of or­ganic mat­ter when plant­ing, feed after flow­er­ing and mulch. If you don’t have acid soil, ev­er­green aza­leas do well in pots of loam­based er­i­ca­ceous com­post. Wa­ter con­tain­ers with rain­wa­ter as tap­wa­ter may be too limey. Frosts can cause dam­age to the plants so pro­tect in the win­ter.

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