Encore Azaleas or other foundation planting

lvmygrdn(z7 MD)August 19, 2007

Okay so I don't really care for azaleas but I saw some at a local nursery and they were in bloom and I thought hmmm. I have perennials planted in front of the house near the foundation. They look great but in the winter there is nothing so I thought I would put something evergreen there. I like flowers so I thought Azalea. The site is part sun. Has anyone had experience with Encore Azaleas? One nursery said they were iffy here. I know about flowers but when it comes to shrubs..I'm lost. Thanks much!

Here is a link that might be useful: Encore Azaleas

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I've had Encores for 9 years and they do very well here just southwest of Richmond (zone 7.) They bloom well in the spring, put out sporadic blooms all summer, and then put on another beautiful flush of blooms in fall. There are quite a few different Encores available now and they come in different forms (upright, spreading, etc.) Do a google search for them and you will find their website with colors and forms identified. I highly recommend them.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2007 at 2:13AM
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Larry K(7a)

My Encores have done fine except when they get nibbled by deer. If you are planting them near a foundation, make sure to monitor the soil Ph since azaleas are acid loving and leaching from concrete or bricks will make the area more alkaline over time.


    Bookmark   August 20, 2007 at 1:13PM
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lvmygrdn(z7 MD)

Thank you Larry for your reply. The leaching is something that I am concerned about as I have a brick front. My neighbors have azaleas and they are doing fine and I can bet none of them thought to test their PH let alone mulch.My neighbors think I'm obsessed with the garden and a little wacky. :-) I would have to say yes on both accounts. I like the idea that the Encore azaleas bloom in spring & fall. I think I'm going to give them a try. I will test the soil and see what it needs. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2007 at 5:48AM
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cfmuehling(7b DC/MD burbs)

I like e'm, too. I prefer the Exter series, but they're all beautiful.


    Bookmark   August 21, 2007 at 8:47AM
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I am thinking of using encore azaleas along the border of a front walk. A person at a store told me they would bloom as noted here and they would be green in the winter months even though that is not a time for blooms. I would like a plant with color that looks good in winter, but don't want to add just another variety of holly or evergreen. Do you think encore azaleas will meet my needs. I can control the size of the plant. Thanks.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2007 at 4:16PM
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