late season sale encore azaleas
Last year, i paid full price for 3 gallon encore azaleas and they didn't make it. Don't know if the winter killed them or the late fall heat. This year I swore I wasn't buying them until I saw someone locally growing them. Well today I found them on sale sooooo cheap I couldn't resist. I bought 9 or 10 of them, several different names, all Encore, and all healthy looking. They are in 1 and 2 gallon pots.
We don't normally get long lasting freezes until late in December, but our winter killer is usually the freeze-thaw cycles. I'm trying to figure out the best place to plant these so I don't have to winter them over in pots. I have every possible exposure, and some dry windy spots, dry protected spots, shady in summer, not in winter, etc. What is best? My soil is alkaline, so I will have to amend whatever place I choose. Many of the plants that don't make it, die because of the drying winds we have year round. My rhodies, pieris and hydrangeas all struggle here too. I'm zone 6/7.
Appreciate any suggestions!