Azaleas - or not
I have a nightmare sidewalk to landscape - 90 feet long. It stretches through high dappled shade, has areas that are more in sunlight and some that are more in shadow.
I am considering azaleas as part of the 'runway'. They would be used:
A) in front of a hedge of Anise that is on the South side of my house (mostly high / dappled shade but one end gets a hit of afternoon sun for a few hours)
B) then turn the corner to become the rear portion (or single row) of a hedge row in the east side of my house (eave shadow and mostly shade with one end getting a few hours of morning sun)
C) On the East side, they would also be on the other side of the sidewalk where they would get morning sun for part of the day, then high dappled shade.
I want to keep them at 2 to 3 feet and dont mind pruning back as needed. Not wanting to 'butcher' them, so dont get excited about the term 'hedge'. Just need to have it shapey enough not to look out of control. Like a somewhat natural look, yet not rangey.
Long story about the efforts to deal with the long sidewalk, but here is the question in a nutshell...
Local nursery has these varieties:
I would prefer a bright bloom so the GT is of lesser interest than the others. I would like a variety that also has a nice 'bush' so that when not in bloom it still looks nice. I am willing to give care as needed, but dont want to slave at it.
At the front half portion of the sidewalk I have variegated pittisporum. I also have hydrangeas - flowering and varigated - as well as the Anise hedge - none of which are along the walk, but are off to each side under trees, along the house, etc. All are thriving if that gives an idea of what lives here :)
Sounds like a mess to landscaping purests, I am sure, but it is what it is. My goal is to have a nice variety of plants along the sidewalk to reduce the 'runway' affect. Besides azaleas, I have considered green pittisporum, viburnum suspensum, and boxwood to name the ones I can recall. Whatever I choose needs to be able to go in front of the anise and then turn the corner to continue on its own.
Since this is the azalea forum, I am mostly interested in hearing about the azalea options, altho would take any advice.