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This is the newest addition to my outdoor garden. Planted in partial shade on the north side of our house, it gets morning sun for about 2 to 3 hours every day- maybe 3.5 in the height of summer- I will have to see as the sun moves.
Azalea ( Glenn Dale ) ‘Fashion’
Reaching up to 6 x 6 feet in 10 years or 8 feet with great age.
This Evergreen Azalea has deep green foliage that turns reddish in winter.
One of the faster growing Azaleas; this is a popular moderate sized azalea that produces ( orange-red ) salmon colored flowers over an extended period from mid autumn through the spring provided there is not a hard freeze.
Like all Azaleas, Fashion Azalea does best in an acidic soil.
Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Make sure to amend the soil when you plant azaleas.
The extra work when you plant makes it well worth it and your azalea will thrive- dig a hole at least twice the size of the gallon container you are planting and twice as deep. Replace clay soil with any outdoor plant soil- just make sure you amend that soil with peat moss.
Then, use a mulch that has a slightly acidic content like pine bark or pine tree needles.
Make sure to water during the first year if they get really dry- except in extreme drought, they should do well in years afterward, as long as they don’t get too much sun.
Here are some companion plant suggestions: dogwood, ferns, hosta, holly, pines, serviceberry, silverbell, spring bulbs.
(neighbor suggestions taken from: CareFree Plants: A Guide to Growing the 200 Hardiest, Low-Maintenance, Long Living Beauties by: Reader’s Digest)