Choose azaleas to your backyard – the flower which never disappoints


A SHELF of gardening books is like a forgotten trunk in a dusty attic: a repository filled with crap, memories, and even stories that are forgotten.

I needed to look up plants named after individuals within my limited library but couldn’t discover one tome or mention.

My research was motivated by the package arrival of a historical azalea marketed as ‘The Canon’s Double’.

I had a couple of years back but dropped it through my many abundant product: fail.

Azaleas arrive with dull pastel colors and a strong odor.

Indeed, I have not met a gardener, male, or female, that had been frustrated with azaleas.

Of class, if you like them and have the ideal type of lime-free soil, the range is joyous. Even if your soil is alkaline you’re still able to grow them in appropriate tubs and containers or at especially dug and ready planting holes (separated from the surrounding soil with a vertical liner to the faces of the pit together with polythene) in almost any half-shaded place.

Fill this gap using a lime-free moderate; leaf-mould, pine-needles, garden mulch or employed potting compost.

Some readers could be uncertain as to if their land is acidic or alkaline, but the issue is easily determined by assessing the pH.

You can check soil pH using an economical soil pH tester probe.

Then, to increase the pH (make it more alkaline) that you may add pelletized limestone.

To lower the pH (create more acidity ) you can employ Aluminum sulphate, or chelated iron. Adding organic mulch into the soil or using compost as mulch will also help increase acidity and keep acid soil conditions. Pine needles are especially great if you’re able to source them.

Finally, azaleas such as the ‘Canon’s Double’ are deciduous and will reduce their leaves in late fall.

They will also be harder and possibly easier to develop than the forms.

They dislike color, which inhibits their flowering possible, and grow best in full sunlight.

They will easily tolerate warm, dry, stony places and flourish even in temperate sandy locations.

Deciduous azaleas like the long-established Ghent, Knapp Hill, and Exbury types continue to be available and have stood the test of time, however, most newer varieties have emerged in the past several decades.

The Canon’s Double is just one of the better kinds.

A couple of azaleas have an attractive perfume.

The best known is that the highly scented, yellow Azalea pontica (or Rhododendron luteum as it’s correctly understood ), that has stayed desired down the decades by connoisseur growers.

You may like to combine this group so inquire at the regional socket for details of what’s available.

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