When azaleas are in full bloom early spring, you might think they're the most spectacular shrubs that could be incorporated into the garden. These charming shrubs are all the craze for two to three weeks of the year. Yet if an azalea planting is suggested during any of the other 50 weeks, many people scoff at the mention of a plant that is only green for the vast majority of the year.
For many years, the southern garden was limited to less than a month of the year of bloom time from these southern staples, and even less bloom time in years with less than favorable weather.
But with clever breeding programs, the green industry is now filled with many varieties of re-blooming azaleas.