Evergreen Azalea ‘Stewartsonian’
The vivid fiery red of this beautiful showy hardy variety brings life to the garden in late spring, flowering in late April or early May. An abundance of clusters of the rich orange red flowers are borne above the rich medium green foliage. This foliage takes on a reddish almost mahogany hue as the temperature drops over the winter months. With a spread similar to its height and its attractive foliage changes over the seasons it is a wonderful plant for enriching any garden.
Height after 10 years – 90-150cm
Evergreen Azaleas produce a tapestry of colour during April and May and come in a wide range of colours, growth is much more compact than that of Hybrid Rhododendrons making these plants a great choice for smaller gardens. If space does allow, they can be very effective planted in bold groups and with a mix of varieties. Evergreen Azaleas have small leaves making them suitable for use as attractive flowering topiary as well as woodland gardens and borders.
Although often seen planted in the dappled shade of a woodland setting, these plants will succeed in full sun in a sheltered spot. Evergreen Azaleas are ericaceous plants and so they should have acid soil that is well prepared and free draining. (Check to see if they are growing in nearby gardens if you aren’t sure about your soil). If your soil is alkaline, they can still be enjoyed in your garden if grown in large containers or raised beds filled with Ericaceous compost.
Evergreen Azaleas dislike cultivation immediately around them (their roots are very close to the surface) but they do benefit from a light mulch each Spring to conserve moisture. This will also discourage weeds making these plant both beautiful, and very low maintenance.