Saturday, April 10, 2010

Evergreen Azaleas: Beginning a Really Big Show

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.


  1. Nell..I love your Spiderworts the wild ones have the prettiest deep blue color... mine are not up yet of course, because I'm up north.

    The Azaleas are beautiful and I think it's great that you were able to grow a few from cuttings, how fabulous!

    I like how the Formosa, Indicas, and spriraea over lap one another the combined mix of pink and white are so pretty.

    Thanks for including some History along with the Azeleas, sometimes we may assume a specie is a native.. be it a plant, bug, or animal.

  2. Nell Jean, your masses of azaleas are lovely. I rarely see them bloom as prolifically here. When I visit the East coast in spring I'm always in awe of how much better these plants do there than in the West. I'm always envious of anyone who can have azaleas blooming en masse like this.

  3. These photos cause a great deal of envy. I can't do azaleas....I may try a PJM. They say you can't fail with it. I can probably do it.

    Yours are positively gorgeous. Looking at azaleas and delphiniums
    almost break my heart...nothing is more gorgeous in bloom and I can't grow either.

    Just kidding, I love seeing yours.


  4. NellJean : ) beautiful pictures and I want to add to my poor lonely single azalea .. it is Manderine Lights from the Northern Lights collection and it needs friends .. I have to say whether they are natives or not .. they are so pretty just the same : )

  5. Stunning, Nell Jean. Your gardens give me a peek of things to come.

  6. Wow, your white flowers are lovely. How I love the 'snowball' and how I wist it can snowball to my garden!

  7. Nothing says "Spring in the South" more than the azalea shows! I used to grow several of those varieties before I moved to where deer needed to supplement their foraging with gardens. Wonderful azalea varieties!

  8. The Formosa and Spiraea in bed together makes for a good photo. And look at the bird bath, luv it.


  9. So very beautiful! Makes me think of my home town, further south than where we are now.

  10. Hey NellJean,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for leaving a comment.
    Blotanical and I are not getting along. My blog is not showing up and when I try to fix things I get an error message saying that I'm not logged in (which I am) or that I need to list a new blog. I don't know what is happening there so any help you can give would be appreciated.
    Thanks for letting me know the names of the wildflowers. I just received Newcomb's Wildflower Guide from my library and was going to look them up in there.
    I hope you're enjoying this beautiful day.
    Best wishes,

  11. Beautiful! These are absolutely beautiful. Never seen such a wonderful collection in a private garden. Certainly not in Ontario, Canada.

  12. I love azaleas... and I agree with all your commenters...fabulous!

  13. Your azaleas are beautiful! Your garden looks like a fine painting!! I wonder why I don't have any Azaleas?!

  14. What a beautiful spring woodland setting!

  15. You have a garden to die for - those azaleas under the trees, so idyllic and beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing more. Barbara

  16. Oh, your Azaleas are so lovely! What a joy it would be grow these beauties outdoors. (My alkaline soil foils all attempts, so I grow babies indoors.) Beautiful!

  17. I grew up outside of Washington DC, where the azaleas are glorious. Thanks for letting me enjoy yours.


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