Azaleas – Our Collection
Azaleas have been prized by European gardeners since they arrived on our shores hundreds of years ago, these showy flowering shrubs are native to the Far East, Middle East and The Americas and they are part of the genus Rhododendron.
In fact when you examine the flowers closely, Azaleas are almost like miniature Rhododendrons and their flowers display a similar colour palette. It is the case that if you have a smaller garden Azaleas are the perfect choice to give that fabulous burst of colour in early Spring, the flowering lasts for several weeks and Azaleas are so accommodating – thriving when underplanted beneath trees, in a mixed border or in containers. These really are showstoppers for their vibrancy of colour too.
Deciduous Azaleas & Evergreen Azaleas
Azaleas are pretty much divided into two groups – Deciduous Azaleas and Evergreen Azaleas and their growth height and rate are affected by which group the shrub belongs to – typically the Evergreen Azaleas are slower growing and reach circa 80cm after 10 years whereas the Deciduous Azaleas tend to grow a little faster and taller reaching around 150cm in the same time period. Either type are perfect for smaller gardens whereas perhaps a Rhododendron might be too large.
Most Azalea varieties flower in the Spring and last through May in the UK climate – they can provide a beautiful display when planted in swathes in a mixed border or on the edge of a woodland area.
At Paramount Plants, our collection of Azaleas has grown exponentially. Azaleas have always been popular flowering shrubs with our customers and are a first choice when looking for plants as gifts. We have sourced some of the most unusual and mature specimens ALL of which are quality plants a standard of Paramount Plants, providing our customers with the ease of buying online and the opportunity of creating an instant impact with the planting of these beautiful varieties – from the subtlest pastels to the most vibrant purples and magentas and the sunniest orange and yellows…the full spectrum is represented in our new collection of Azaleas.
You may also be interested in our blog Rhododendrons and The Woodland Garden