Thursday, May 19, 2011

Deciduous & Delicious


MAY 6th

May 18th

The showstoppers of the Azaleas are the Exbury varieties, coming in a stunning collection of red, orange, apricot and gold funnel-shaped flowers. Another nice thing are the flowers range in 2" to 3" in size. They blaze into bloom in late Spring, right before their foliage appears like the Dogwoods and Magnolias that are planted here at Beech Street Gardens. The Exbury Azalea color only seems more pronounced for their "naked" blooms. The Arneson Gem is planted in the side garden and is lightly shaded, I do not think the sun hits it full force. Deciduous azaleas to me are one of the most striking flowering shrubs. The colors are vivid and bright, and often have the shades that rhododendrons can not offer.

USDA zone 4 to zone 7

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