Azaleas perform a disappearing act for much of the year, fading into the background as shapely, leafy shrubs that serve as a standalone green feature or act as a foil for other, later blooming flowering shrubs. But when they have their moment? Wowza! Covered from top to bottom in masses of ruffly blooms in brilliant shades of red, pink, purple, orange, and clean, pure white.
Right now, in late winter, when they’re budding-up, is the time to buy azaleas. This helps guarantee you get the exact color you want, and in the quantity you need. Azaleas have the most dramatic impact when they’re massed in a single hue for sweeps of color.
Here are a few we love chosen for a useful feature. (You can view the entire collection here.) If you need recommendations for your particular zone or garden style, please leave a note in the comments section.
(The one above has you feeling the love? It’s Red Ruffles Azalea, an evergreen, spring bloomer.)