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Azaleas possible for a north facing bed?

Posted by summerstar Z7VA (My Page) on
Sat, May 3, 14 at 17:26

I've never grown azaleas and am wondering if they will grow well in a small bed, as a foundation plant, facing north? I'm in zone 7A in central Virginia and the west sun that they'll get is pretty hot in July and August. The sun doesn't reach that space until 1:00 pm in the summer and later in the spring and fall. Some things going for the planting spot is the bed has concrete all around it (a sidewalk and patio) and the soil stays fairly moist and seldom dry. Thanks for your help.

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RE: Azaleas possible for a north facing bed?

Full sun in the hottest part of the day and surrounded by heat and sun reflecting concrete could be problematic. Also, concrete can leach calcium into the soil, raising the pH, which might not be so great for the azaleas.

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RE: Azaleas possible for a north facing bed?

You might look at deciduous azaleas for that spot. It doesn't sound like it would be good for an evergreen variety and I also agree with what Rhizo said. Any reason you're choosing an azalea for that spot rather than something that could handle the sun better and also put out color? What about knock out roses, rose of sharon, weigela, viburnum, etc...

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