Here in the South we always look forward to seeing the first daffodils, but what really defines Spring for us is the Azalea. Almost every yard, no matter how grand or humble, has at least one of these hardy flowering shrubs.
But just because they’re common doesn’t make them any less arresting. Azaleas come in riot of colors and sizes to suit any space and purpose. Now they’ve been improved—there are varieties that bloom multiple times a year.
Azaleas are hardy in zone 6-8 and once established, need little care. Plant them in part sun in moist well-drained soil--they don’t like wet feet. Fertilizers especially formulated for azalea are readily available. Azaleas bloom on old growth, so pruning should be done after the flowers fade.
It’s rainy and cool today, but seeing the yard filled with big areas of pink, red, lavender, and white flowers says Spring is really here!!