Bring your garden to life: How to grow the perfect azaleas this spring

Nothing makes a spring garden sweeter than pops of color from flowers or shrubs. A member of the Rhododendron genus, azaleas are the perfect plant for making your garden come to life this season. They can be found in almost any color imaginable, and make a great year-round border for your front yard. Want to make your garden stand out this spring? Check out these simple tips to grow your azaleas!

Spring is the best time of year to plant azaleas, so you’re just in time! They respond best to being planted in cool areas of the garden that get partial sun, and they thrive in Southern environments. Light shade for these shrubs is great for ensuring their leaves don’t burn.

Well-drained, acidic soil is what these beauties crave. Planting in a raised bed or container can be helpful for making sure the soil doesn’t remain soggy over time. Keep in mind that their foliage also absorbs water, so get those leaves wet!

As summer approaches and your azalea’s blooms fade, you might fertilize them with compost or other organic matter. This is also the perfect time to trim back their branches to let in fresh oxygen. Pruning your azaleas helps them to bloom more abundantly each spring!

Want to bring your garden to life this spring? Stop by GSCO and we’ll be happy to help with all of your azalea needs!

Looking to add a little spice to your front porch this spring? Register in advance for our Annual Container Class April 7th-8th + build your own container for your azaleas!