Azaleas advice

luvahydrangea(Albany, NY 5)August 6, 2013

Hi, I just bought this house. In the picture below, are two large azaleas. Between them were some sad looking yews which I've dug up. The space between them is awkward, I hate where the azaleas were planted but in order to balance them and plant anything between them I'd probably only be moving them about 12 inches, and I'm not sure its worth that much effort. I sorta just wanna rip them out and start over with the whole garden. but they're mature, the flowers are beautiful and the deer dont eat them. I hate the way the previous owner of the house sheered them into these odd shapes. If I leave them, will they go back to a more natural look? The space betwen them isn't that large, any young plant would struggle to survive between them. I just dont know what to do. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Maria

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akamainegrower

They will revert to a more normal growth pattern if not pruned. In a fairly short time, however, you'll be running into the usual problem with large growing foundation plants: blocking the windows.

A couple of suggestions: azaleas and rhododendrons are very easy to move at any time of year as long as they are kept well watered after the move. If you have a suitable place for them away from the house (maybe more deer problems, though?) they could be moved and you can start from zero with the area.

There are any number of lower growng plants that could be placed between the two azaleas. Azaleas have very modest shallow root masses, so your fears that nothing would grow in this area because of root competion from them are completely unfounded.

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