The Q&A Archives: Everbloomig azaleas for Zone 8A?

Question: Am I crazy? Did I read in one of my gardening mags there is a new 'everblooming' azalea? Want to plant a raised bed of azaleas in a new garden in Dallas, Texas Zone 8A. Any recommendations? Thanks much. Karen Becker

Answer: There are some reblooming azaleas such as the evergreen Encore series. Under the right conditions, they will bloom in summer and fall. In Texas, temperature is very important in that they'll bloom better later on when the summer begins to cool down. Your local professional nursery staff and/or county extension should be able to help you determine if you have an appropriate site for growing them and suggest which would do best for you. You may find that you need to do substantial soil preparation and also certainly provide a regular summer watering program. Enjoy!

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