Suited to a morning sun or shaded position, Azalea and Rhodies enliven gardens with intense flower colour displays. Often planted as an understorey to Deciduous Ornamental Trees, which allows the gentle Winter sun to recharge the plants in the lead-up to flowering times. A rule of thumb for planting is to aim for minimum groupings of 3-5 of a kind, planted in drifts, which helps avoid the ‘fruit-salad effect’. Preference is for soils tending to acid which can be achieved by incorporating plenty of humic matter. Regular feeding is a must, but avoid mushroom compost or strong, un-composted manures.

Featured Species: Azalea indica ‘Luci’