Plant of the Month: Encore Azalea

Azaleas have been a southern garden staple for generations due to their elegant blooms and versatility but they’ve been relegated to shade and part shade locations. Here come Encore Azaleas to spice things up! Encores pack a punch despite their small size and allow you to enjoy beautiful blooms in full sun and up to 3 times a year.

These azaleas average 2’-6’ tall at maturity and do best in full sun (at least 6 hours per day).  Encores bloom in various shades and combinations of purple, pink, red and white. Their smaller size makes them great choices for containers.

Encore azaleas prefer moist, well draining soil with a pH of 5.5-6.5.

Prune immediately after the first bloom of the year has ended and before they set bud for their next bloom.

Fertilize in spring and fall with an acidic fertilizer like HollyTone.

There are over 30 different varieties of Encore Azalea on the market, but the following are some of our favorites:

Autumn Amethyst
Autumn Coral
Autumn Embers
Autumn Empress
Autumn Ivory
Autumn Majesty
Autumn Sangria
Autumn Starlight
Autun Twist