There is no plant as quintessential to the southern garden as the azalea. Blanketed in blooms each spring, azaleas paint the landscape in vivid pink, purple, white, salmon, and red. Entire towns erupt with color as these beloved shrubs mark the changing of seasons. Festivals are organized and garden parties planned to celebrate southern charm in full bloom, the azalea taking center stage. But all good things come to an end. Petals fall, the heat of summer sets in and azaleas fade into the background. There they wait biding time until next season’s show, their sturdy foliage a backdrop to summer blooms. Such was the role of the humble azalea until Encore Azalea entered the scene to create more of the color that we all love.
Gardeners want plants that perform not just once in a season, but throughout the year. With repeat blooming, Encore Azaleas keep the show going. Like other azaleas, Encore Azalea produces an explosion of spring blossoms. But the blooms don’t stop there. After a period of growth, the second flush of flowers emerge mid-summer and continue opening through fall, rewarding gardeners again and again. Although blooming was a primary breeding objective in developing Encore Azaleas, plants in the collection also exhibit superior sun tolerance and cold hardiness. Plants can be grown in full sun and most varieties are hardy to USDA hardiness zone 6.
Despite their exuberant blooming, these beauties are as elegant as any Southern Belle. The collection includes 31 varieties that vary in size and habit, offering endless ways to incorporate Encore Azaleas into the landscape. Dwarf varieties like Autumn Chiffon™ and Autumn Lilac™ are excellent for small spaces, mass planting or containers. Autumn Moonlight™ and Autumn Monarch™ grow faster and taller, perfect for accents and hedges. With so much variety, gardeners can add this iconic shrub to any landscape regardless of size.
All azaleas in the collection have evergreen foliage so they never leave the garden looking drab. The foliage of a few selections turns a rich purple hue in winter, keeping the glamor going. The purple-leaved gems include a dwarf variety, Autumn Princess™ that produces ruffled pink blooms. Growing to four feet tall and wide, the large blossoms and stunning foliage of Autumn Amethyst™ and Autumn Jewel™ add drama to the garden year-round.
Offers more of what you love in an azalea: more blooms, more often. And you don’t have to work hard to cultivate that classic southern look. Encore Azaleas are trusted to be robust landscape shrubs with low maintenance needs. So why not pot-up a little southern charm today?