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Boston Plant of the Week: The Azalea

 

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Here they are; all bright, and a glow…. under a canopy of trees, in the shadows of buildings, growing and thriving... Azaleas on parade!  The performance doesn't last that long...a few weeks maybe, depending on the weather, but… oooo-la-la….what a show!

 


Azaleas are a great broad- leaf evergreen, a constant, a classic foundation planting. They bloom about mid spring here, in the Boston area. In a procession of broad leaf evergreen color Azaleas bloom right after the small leaf rhodies, and before their large leaf cousins.


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The Exbury Azalea is a bit different, it is a deciduous Azalea. The branches are bare all winter; they are coming into flower now and will then leaf out….a show stopper, just spectacular, and they are fragrant!!!!



 Azaleas love; well drained, slightly acidic soil, planted in part sun, or a dappled shady conditions. Azaleas can survive in conditions where temps go well below freezing, some Azaleas are hardy enough to survive into zone 4.

 

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 The blooms come in rich reds , crazy wild orange, deep dark pinks to a pale blush, sweet sunny yellows, to just the purest white found anywhere in the landscape!!

Parade right into your local Home Depot......select a #1,#2,or #3 size, Azalea for your landscape….enjoy the show, with an encore year after year!         Enjoy your Spring!     Maureen,   aka BostonRoots 


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Posted 2013-05-21T13:55:56+0000  by Maureen_HD_BOS Maureen_HD_BOS
 

Great post Maureen!

 

Here, in Atlanta our azaleas have passed their bloom stage. :smileysad:

 

Now is the time to prune our azaleas for next year's Spring color.

 

I had forgotten that the Exbury Azalea is fragrant. Those are native to Georgia, and I will be on the lookout for some wild ones.

 

Speaking of fragrant plants, the Gardenia is now beginning to bloom here.

 


These showy white blossoms give a fragrance like no other and their glossy green foliage make for a gorgeous stand alone plant, or a hedge row that can knock your socks off!

 

 

 

The larger leaf 'August Beauty' will grow as tall as 6', while the small leaved 'Radicans' variety will remain less than 2' tall.

 

Select plants that are full of buds to take advantage of their powerful fragrance in your landscape.

 

Gardenias require plenty of water and fertilizer that is rich in iron. Often, when their leaves begin to turn yellow, I will supplement them with added iron applied directly to the root zone.

 

 

 


 

Can you smell it??

 

 

Travis

Posted 2013-05-24T13:12:04+0000  by Travis_HD_ATL
 
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