Replace Boring Boxwoods with Colorful Encore® Azaleas

Gardens benefit from having a defined evergreen backdrop, but don’t think you have to rely on boring boxwoods! The overuse of boxwoods has led to repetitive green landscapes that do little to excite the senses, except perhaps in spring when some boxwoods smell like cat urine!

Densely leafed, evergreen Encore Azaleas offer a colorful alternative.

Wake up a dull yard with Encore blooms in shades of pink, red, purple, and white, not only in spring but also in fall. When they are not blooming, their evergreen structure will continue to contribute to your garden, adding form and substance to the landscape. The leaves of some Encore varieties will also turn lovely shades of purple and bronze during cold weather, creating even further winter interest.

You can utilize Encores in the same way boxwoods are used.

Design background hedges with Encores, or outline garden beds and borders with them. Use them to soften the hard edges of a paved drive or courtyard. Put dwarfs in large pots to create grandeur on your deck, patio, or out in the garden.

Encore Azaleas are naturally well behaved and require little pruning.

Dwarf varieties grow more slowly. If you like the rounded shape of traditional boxwoods, you can maintain a similar look with your Encores. Prune immediately after the first flush of blooms in spring to avoid cutting off buds of the next bloom cycle.

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Encore Azalea is the best azalea you'll ever plant. Encore Azaleas are the world's best-selling re-blooming azalea with rich, colorful blooms in spring, summer and fall. Encore Azaleas have 31 varieties of bloom colors and sizes to choose from and thrive equally well in high filtered shade or sunny locations—unlike any other azalea in the world. Find a retailer near you at