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Azalea: Spectacular Shrub of the South

By SongofJoy
April 14, 2015

One of the most popular shrubs in the South, the Azalea is spectacular when in bloom.

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Sep 28, 2014 2:48 PM CST
I do miss Azaeleas. Growing up on the coast of MS., we had a huge hedge of them. I don't remember that they got much care, but they were always covered in blooms each spring. I wish I could grow them here, but our limestone alkaline soil eventually does them in. Loved your photos and article.
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Sep 28, 2014 3:46 PM CST
Thanks, Sandi. They surely are carefree under the right conditions. A beautiful shrub indeed. Thumbs up
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Sep 29, 2014 12:26 PM CST
I was surprised to learn how well these do in the south. I have always considered azaleas to be a Pacific NW type of plant - along with our ever-popular rhodies. Beautiful photos, and nice article.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Sep 29, 2014 12:49 PM CST
Thank you, Deb. We lived in Washington state for a few years and loved the azaleas and rhodies there.
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