Lovely Azalea Garden Plants
Azalea garden plants are beautiful flowering shrubs that come in varied vibrant colors such as purples and pinks. Azalea garden plants can be grown in nearly any garden, instantly adding interest and color to drab areas. Azaleas have funnel-shaped flowers which grow one to a stem, in colors which can include white, yellow, orange, red, purple, and pink, among others. The plants come into bloom in the spring, and they are covered in stems, so the whole plant can become a solid mass of color. Blooming usually lasts around two months, after which the flowers will drop off, and the foliage will persist for several more months before dropping in the fall. Some azalea cultivars are dwarf varieties, ideal for things like edging flower beds and growing in pots, while others can grow quite large if they are given the space to do so. All prefer acidic, slightly damp soil, and they need to be kept out of the wind and in partial shade. Shade is key during the heat of the day, when the plants are very vulnerable to damage.
These garden plants are typically grown from cuttings, because growing from seed can be unreliable and painstaking. Many garden supply stores carry young azalea plants suitable for transplanting, and it is also possible to give potted azaleas as gifts to gardeners who can later transplant them. These plants will grow in USDA zones four through nine, although they can have a tough time in the upper end of this range.