Azaleas are flowering shrubs that burst with color in May and June. They belong to the Ericaceae family, commonly known as the heath or heather family, in the wooded plant genus, Rhododendron. With 16 species native to the East Coast alone, azaleas are one of the most popular garden plants in New Jersey. And that’s just the beginning – there are actually more than 800 species and 10,000 different cultivars of azaleas worldwide, in just about every color you can name.
If you’re planting azaleas in your home garden, be sure to use acidic soil. Plant them in the shade of a tree or taller plant, and keep the soil most but well drained. Also keep in mind that azaleas can be either deciduous or evergreen, depending on the species. Need more help figuring out if your yard is good for Azaleas? As our NJ landscaping company professionals
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Hamilton Township in Mercer County, N.J. celebrates Mother’s Day each year with its annual Azalea Festival held at Sayen Botanical Gardens. The display includes hundreds of thousands of flowering plants with beautifully designed walking paths, water features and scenery. There are also food vendors, entertainment, children’s activities and more.
Other Fun Facts About Azalea
- Azaleas are often called the “royalty of the garden” because of their bright clusters of flowers.
- Azaleas’ nectar and leaves are both extremely poisonous.
- Single variety azaleas typically have 5 petals, but doubles can have up to 30 petals.
- Azaleas can live for many years, potentially growing to nearly 10 feet.
- Azaleas are native to North America and Eastern Asia.