Add some Vibrant Color to your Yard
Nothing quite says Spring like the intense blooms of Azaleas, whether hot pink, fuchsia, orange, red, white, yellow or purple, you can find one to suit your taste. Plant the same color as a hedge, or weave different colors together in your mixed borders. Azaleas are also a good addition to a pollinator garden, as they attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Azaleas are part of the Rhododendron genus, this means that technically their Latin name is Rhododendron, followed by the species (for example occidentale). Azaleas are very similar to Rhododendrons in some ways, they like the same conditions; rich, well-drained, acid soil, and moist conditions. However, Rhododendrons generally tend to have much bigger leaves than Azaleas and are evergreen. Azaleas’ leaf size can vary from a few inches long, to a half an inch or smaller, and they can be evergreen, deciduous, or semi-deciduous.
A good observation to make in the horticultural world, is that very often plants that like the same conditions tend to like look good together. Plant Azaleas in a yard with Camellias, Rhododendrons, Hydrangeas, Pieris, and some conifers, and you’ll have an attractive and cohesive plant palette. Regular applications of bark mulch, will help preserve the moist conditions these plants prefer. Pay attention, however to the exposure different Azalea varieties prefer: Some like the sun and others grow best in the shade.
Azalea ‘Brilliant’ is a mid-Spring bloomer, with watermelon red flowers contrasting with dark green, evergreen, larger leaves. Growing up to 6-8′ tall and wide, this is a useful plant to use as a hedge or specimen, but also works well in containers. Likes full to part sun and moderate and regular watering.