|Is there such a thing as a deciduous azalea that doesn't get mildew in the Pacific Northwest that isn't red, orange or dark yellow that is fragrant and won't get over 4' tall at maturity or am I smoking grass? ;)
Most that I see locally are orange Exbury hybrids covered in mildew. I'm thinking I'm going to have to mail order but the selection is huge and I'm unfamiliar.
Recent hard winter has left me some holes and I'm trying to broaden my shrub horizons. I have about 30 evergreen Rhodies and azealas now.
|Here close to the ocean and with more humidity than you would have, my track record with deciduous azaleas/no mildew is poor - I've taken them out and am not presently growing any. |
Three that are often mentioned as being mildew resistant (and I can't tell you from first hand experience, none were in my garden) are Arnesons Cameo (pink), Cascade Pink, and Snowbird (white blushed pink upon aging and fragrant).
|In Greer's catalog there are: |
‘Millenium’ (Weston) An excellent choice for those who want their deciduous azaleas not quite so intense. The dusty-red flowers set against blue green foliage will blend readily in the landscape. It’s very late flowering and mildew resistant.
‘Washington State Centennial’ — (Mossman) Selected by the Washington State Centennial Commission to honor the state of Washington’s one hundred years of statehood. The flowers open a light orange-yellow, gradually softening to white with a blotch of vivid glowing yellow on the upper petal. The frilled petals and fragrant flowers fill the garden with charm and sweetness each spring. The leaves are very shiny and resistant to mildew. An azalea truly worthy of its place of honor.
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