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Posted by jofus 9b/10a (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 8, 12 at 8:55

Would Azaleas be good foundation plants for a home here in SW Florida ? Specifically the South Venice/Englewood area. Appreciate any feedback.

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RE: Azaleas

Is it full sun exposure? How much sun? How much shade?

RE: Azaleas

The area in question, where the azaleas would be planted, gets the full morning sun, until about 2:00 PM each day. After that it's in the shade for the rest of the day.

RE: Azaleas

Azaleas prefer shade. In your zone, they struggle from the heat and direct sunlight for that much of the day would stress them even further. I would choose something that can take a bit more sun and heat. Hopefully others in your zone will chime in.

Carol in Jax

RE: Azaleas

My neighbor across the street (Tampa, zone 9b) has almost the same orientation. His azaleas have been there for more than 25 years, but since he has in recent years started mulching them heavily they have been doing very well. On the other hand, consider Indian hawthorn.

RE: Azaleas

FWIW, I'm thinking Tampa culture isn't too similar to Venice - further north & inland. Venice is more coastal. I know azaleas are sort of a woodland plant, liking humus-rich, acidic soil & high shade.

Have you tried searching Floridata yet?

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