Why Encore Azaleas Are Showstoppers

Encore Azalea blooming July 24

Same Encore blooming July 31

The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is so true when it comes to encores. I cannot think of another three season bloomer that has a show like the encore azaleas in summer. I can assure you the one shown in the picture blooms like this in spring, too. It, to me, must be in the perfect location. It is planted in good rich soil in a well drained location. It get some sun, but not direct, and most of the day it is in high filtered shade. It is in a cluster of several other plants, and mulch is only with annual leaves falling from trees. It is irrigated. So where is this beauty located? It’s next to the library parking spaces at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. I was at a friend’s house on Tuesday and her Autumn Embers were in bud, but dry. I suggested giving them some water, as lack of water can limit flower performance. If the plants have not become established in your garden or still growing and not mature like the one shown above, remember to fertilize them as soon as flowering is finished for good fall blooms. Watering during dry periods is a must.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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