Encore Azaleas' bright green leaf color throughout most seasons followed by some change of colors in the fall make them a welcome addition to garden spots with exposure to full sun or high filtered shade. Their multi-season flower display makes them one of the most popular landscape shrubs available.
Azaleas are part of the Rhododendron plant family. Most gardening books and many plant sellers still call Azaleas Rhododendrons so when you are deciding where to plant your Encore Azaleas, you can use the same guidance for both. Remember though -- Encore Azaleas like more sun than traditional shade-loving azaleas (provide 4-6 hours of sun for optimal blooms).
Make an inventory of the plants that already exist on the site and make notes about what you are trying to improve. Look at photos from the previous year and identify bare spots. You may need the multi-season beauty of Encore Azaleas to brighten a bed of trees and shrubs that bloom only in one season.
At the mature height of 2 to 3-feet tall, Dwarf Encore Azaleas are perfect for along paths and in the front of beds. Autumn Starlite™ will spread up to 4-feet wide so leave plenty of room for it to show off those 3-inch flowers.
Place new shrubs the correct distance apart, with the mature plant width in mind. While you are waiting for them to fill out, you can use garden ornaments, containers and annuals to compensate for any bare spots.