Landscaping with Encore Azaleas

From their first leaves and flower buds in late winter/early spring through the first hard freeze in autumn, Encore Azaleas add beauty to both residential and commercial landscapes.

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).

When looking at your garden and patio, considering where to place shrubs in the ground or into containers, consider the preferences of Azaleas –

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.

Plants provide the form of your garden and planting in masses adds eye-appeal. Select a flower color or a group of harmonizing flower colors that you like and then select varying sizes of Azaleas to create a new bed or to beautify an established bed.

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.

Intermediate Encore Azaleas grow to an average size of 4 to 5-feet tall. You will want a place of prominence for Autumn Sweetheart™. It has 2.5 inch pink flowers on a 4-foot tall and wide shrub.

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.