Azaleas will bring in an assortment of butterflies
like this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
we are still in the grips of a cold winter, I assure you
spring is headed our way like a runaway locomotive.
Those plans that we thought we would make for improving
the landscape somehow got put on the back burner.
Encore series, the best azaleas to ever hit the market
now has 31 varieties.
two new riveting red selections Autumn Bonfire and
Autumn Fire, you’ll have even more choices allowing
you to have an encore of spring bloom in the landscape
for the long growing season ahead. That is why they’re
called the Encore Azaleas. There is no more sadness when
spring bloom is over because you can rest assured more
flowers are on the way.
name Autumn Bonfire itself conjures up visions of warmth
and fiery flames of color in the garden. Autumn Bonfire
is dwarf or compact, perfect for today’s garden. It
reaches 3 feet tall with a spread of 3 1/2 feet. The
blossoms are semi-double and a true saturated red.
Bonfire not only gives you stimulating color in the
garden, but it is also evergreen retaining the bright
green foliage. In other words, it will be an excellent
choice giving you the needed bones and structure in the
landscape even when not in bloom.
is a rousing color that makes you take notice. Stop
signs are red, firetrucks are red, and Valentine’s
chocolates come in bright red boxes. The new Autumn Fire
has much the same habit, and color but semi-double
blossoms that are rich and velvety. The foliage will
give extra garden interest however as it ages to a
purple-bronze in the winter.
31 varieties all fall under the Encore brand but there
is another name that ties them all together, and that is
Autumn. The reason behind this is that sometime in the
fall depending on the variety chosen there will be
another crescendo of bloom. So, consider the
possibilities, imagine Encore azaleas blooming in
sequence with the fall blooming Camellia sasanqua. It
can happen with just a little planning.
love digital photography, not only because it makes me
look like a pro but also because the technology allows
the photograph to be like a diary. It tells me
everything I did in that particular photograph including
the date. The last four years the azalea photographs
tell a story. They tell me that the Encore bloom at the
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah looked
dazzling on March 3 and similarly September 15. But
there are stunning photographs on New Year’s Eve,
October, and late March. These azaleas were bred to
bloom. They also show a propensity, if you will, to
of the Encore azaleas are cold hardy from zones 6a-10b
and perform best in organic-rich, well-drained soil. It’s
been said the key to the green thumb is how brown it
gets in soil preparation. Compost and organic matter
improves tight, heavy soil allowing for best drainage.
Add a layer of mulch after planting and again each year.
The azalea keeps the roots near the soil surface, and
this annual decomposition of mulch and organic matter
will maintain a good environment for new roots and help
in moisture retention.
a site with 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight. Partial sun
gardens with high shifting sunlight will also prove to
be an optimal location. Plant curvy informal sweeps or
clusters. With 31 varieties you will find a wide range
of colors and sizes from dwarf to intermediate. You’ll
find double blooming selections like Autumn Carnation,
those that have an almost iridescent shimmer like the
pink Autumn Jewel to the pristine white Autumn Angel.
may be cold now, but spring is just around the corner,
start planning now and as the weather allows use the
time to get your beds prepared for Encore azalea
planting at your home.