Monrovia vs Encore
We would like to plant a 100' row of azaleas at our home in north Florida (zone 8b/9). The back 50 feet of the row is in full sun. The front 50' starts out in heavy shade, getting approx 1-2 hours of early morning sun. The length of sun exposure gradually increases along the length of the row until, at about the 50 ft. mark, the remainder of the row is exposed to full sun.
We would like an evergreen azalea that is approx. 3 to 4 feet in height with a similar spread. We recognize that we may have to buy several different varieties of azaleas to handle the varying light conditions.
We have been looking at the Encore Azalea website, which describes a number of azaleas which meet our requirements. They describe all of their "Autumn" series azaleas as appropriate for "full sun to light shade". Will these azaleas handle heavy shade as well?
The Monrovia website also has a number of azaleas which meet our requirements. Their site describes these azaleas as appropriate for "partial shade". In addition, under their Attributes heading, Monrovia describes these azaleas as "shade lovers".
Would the Monrovia shade lovers do better in heavy shade than the full sun to light shade Encore azaleas, or is this more marketing hype, whrere it doesn't really make much difference which we use in heavy shade?