Suitability of Tabor

traynhamApril 18, 2012

I have been planning for some time to install a mass planting of George Tabor in the fall, but now that I read more about the plant, I am concerned that it is not the optimal plant for my site. I am in Zone 7b in Mebane, NC (27302). My planting site lies under the shade of mature hardwoods and receives mostly morning sun because it is blocked by the house on the west. I am willing to water, but my reading implies that this plant needs more sun than I can supply and in fact might not be recommended for Zone 7 after all. I would very much appreciate any responses, positive or negative. If the Tabor is not optimum for this use, I am very willing to consider alternate azaleas with the same general characteristics (color, size, large blossoms and leaves, and suitable for a small mass planting).

Thank you,

Ken Traynham

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Dear traynham 7b,
A mass planting of 'George Lindley Taber' azaleas should be suitable to a partially shaded site in Zone 7b. With a few hours of sunlight, 'George Lindley Taber' should perform well for you. As you probably already know, 'George Lindley Taber' is one of the more cold-tolerant Southern Indian azaleas and is, therefore, generally reliable in Zone 7b. We have a planting of 'George Lindley Taber' and 'Mrs. G. G. Gerbing' azaleas in oue front yard in Zone 8a, formerly Zone 7b. Like 'George Lindley Taber,' 'Mrs. G. G. Gerbing' is a cold-tolerant Southern Indian azalea--a lovely white. The white and light lavender azaleas make a pretty combination. This year, they bloomed beautifully for us in early April. Our planting is in oak shade and receives a few hours of mid-morning sun. From experience, I recommend 'George Lindley Taber' for garden use in Zones 7b and higher.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 5:38PM
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