White Azaleas tumble down the slope with pinks starting to bloom .
The gaudiest pinks on the north side in more shade open more slowly.
A female Tiger Swallowtail visits.
Blooming azaleas are attracting many butterflies,
including Black Swallowtails and Yellow Sulphurs.
Most of the Azaleas in the long walk were planted in fall of 1994 and
spring of 1995. Bright pink Pink Ruffles were rooted cuttings,
most of the rest were bought in gallon pots.
Formosa and other Indicas in this bed with Spriraea
were planted prior to 1973.
Azaleas in these last three pics are layered
cuttings from along the long walk. They are under
oak trees along the far side of the upper garden.
Pink Ruffles, top and Pink Pearl
Closeup of 'Snowball' Viburnum blossom.
None of these are Native Azaleas. Chinese azaleas were brought to America in 1855 to develop cold hardy varieties. Among the cultivars in my garden are Southern Indicas including Formosa, George Tabor, Judge Solomon; Kurume Pink Pearl, Beltsville Hybrid H. H. Hume, Rutherford Hybrid Pink Ruffles and Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense, a deciduous Korean azalea.
A post with pics of Native Azaleas are Here.