Answer: Azalea 'Arctic Rose' is an evergreen shrub with variegated leaves and rose-colored flowers. The leaves have narrow white margins. It will grow in full sun to part shade, is hardy to -10F, prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils. 'Arctic Rose grows 2-3' tall and wide at maturity. For best flowering, move your azalea to a site with morning sunshine (the leaves tend to scald in hot afternoon sunshine, especially in the summertime). Amend the soil with some peat moss or compost when planting, then mulch over the soil surface with 2-3 inches of organic matter to help slow water evaporation. Feed your azalea with an acidified fertilizer in the early spring (in amounts as suggested on the fertilizer label). Keep it well watered (one-inch per week) during the growing season and it should regain its health. Best wishes with your new landscape.
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