I am an avid (addicted) gardener who lives in zone 8b/9. I got the gardening bug when I bought my house in 2005. There were just a few azaleas growing onto the house and not much else. Starting with a blank slate, I planted my first bed in the spring of 2006 and that's all I needed to begin a marathon of bed building throughout my yard. My goal is to create a "park-like" atmosphere - a place to escape and appreciate all that a garden offers. I'm looking to create some type of diary on the progression of my garden and share my gardening experiences. The good, the bad and the ugly!
 

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Everything’s Coming Up…Azaleas!
by Jason Redmon - posted 03/23/11

It's that time of year again.  Winter breaks its hold and spring arrives.  In our area, one of the most reliable plants to remind us of that is the azalea.  Azaleas can be as small as 2 feet tall and as big as 9 feet tall.  Some of the newer varieties can even bloom multiple times a year!  They are long living, hardy shrubs that like well drained soil.  They can live in shade or sun and are often planted near or under trees. 

Prune azaleas after they finish blooming.  New flower buds for next spring's bloom are set by midsummer, and any pruning after mid-June could result in very little flower production next year.

Azaleas can get very large.  This is on that has been pruned at the correct time. 

Tons of blooms on it.

Here is some that were pruned later in the year after the buds set.  It greatly reduced the bloom action.

 

Here is a few photos of a friend of mines yard.  He has quite a number of azaleas all in bloom.  He has different layers of azaleas.  The multiple colors and heights really catch your eye. 

 

 

 

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