By: Susan Littlefield
Azaleas have long been the glory of the spring garden, when their showy blossoms adorn the shrubs in vivid shades. Now you can have as much as 20 weeks of colorful flowers with the new Proven Winners® Color Choice™ Bloom-a-thon® evergreen azaleas. Beginning with the spring show in April, continuous cycles of bloom occur through the heat of summer, finishing with heavy flowering in the fall up until a hard frost.
Bloom-a-thon® Lavender sports large, ruffled, bright lavender flowers sprinkled with deeper rose freckles through the throat and grows 5-6 feet tall and wide. Pink Double (pictured) bears repeat flushes of double, bright pink blossoms; Red is covered with bright crimson-red flowers; both reach 3-5 feet tall and wide. The smallest of the series, White is adorned with large, single white blooms attractively sprinkled with green freckles on the upper petal on a shrub that is 2-2.5 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
Bloom-a-thon® azaleas do best in dappled shade and prefer moist, acid, well-drained soil soil that is high in organic matter. All are winter hardy to USDA Zone 6b and AHS Heat Zone rated to 9.
For more information, go to: Spring Meadow Nursery.