I live in the Indianapolis area. Looking for the best locations either on line or Indianapolis area from which to purchase azaleas.
Thanks in advance.
I think that Indianapolis is in USDA hardiness Zone 5 (-10F to -20F) and you will have a difficult time finding hardy evergreen azaleas because of your winters. Hardy deciduous azaleas and small leaved rhododendrons (lepidotes) are much easier to find as are large leaved rhododendrons (elepidotes).
These are very good rhododendron and azalea nurseries that ship:
Greer Gardens In Eugene, Oregon
Rare Find Nusery in Jackson, New Jersey
Here are some deciduous azaleas recommended for your area:
'Carlson's Coral Flameboyant'
R. vaseyii 'White Find'
Here are some small leaved rhododendrons (lepidotes) for your area:
'Mrs. J. A. Withington III'
R. minus Carolinianum Group
R. mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink'
If you do get into large leaved rhododendrons (elepidotes) try:
The link below is to a University of Minnesota Extension recommendation of hardy azaleas and rhododendrons. It is an excellent reference.
Here is a link that might be useful: Rhododendrons and Azaleas for Minnesota
The list of large leaved rhododendrons should be:
R. brachycarpum ssp.
brachycarpum Tigerstedtii Group
Here is a link that might be useful: How to grow rhododendrons and azaleas.
I ordered three deciduous azalea from this place this year:
I bought Wayeh Bald, Admiral Semmes, and Choptank Yellow & Orange
The Choptank Yellow & Orange either didn't like my summer heat or didn't get along with my southern magnolias roots. She died abruptly and immediately... and she was the biggest and healthiest plant. The other two are doing great.
As we had bad drought, I had to water them almost everday back in August but now they're adjusted quite well without me having to coddle them. Wayeh bald is showing great red fall color.