Did you know that gardeners have selectively bred azaleas for hundreds of years, and have produced more than 10,000 different cultivars? Of the genus rhododendron, most azaleas are slow-growing, long-lasting, shade-tolerant perennials that bloom in spring. They demand minimal attention, but benefit from a good annual pruning and fertilization. They come in lovely reds, pinks, whites, purples, and yellows. They are a classic, reliable addition to any New England garden, and despite their prevalence, never fail to wow.
2-4′. A coast azalea. Blush white flowers. Colonizes.
Bollywood Star Z6a
2 – 3’. Semi-evergreen. Bright showy magenta flowers in spring, and attractive variegated foliage all season long. Season-long color. Calendulaceum (Flame Azalea) Z5
4 – 8’. Deciduous. Muted yellow-red fall foliage. Ranges from yellow through orange to red-orange flowers. Beginning late May, early June.
Compacta Korean, Pink and White Form, Karen Z5
Semi-evergreen. Dwarf and compact. Orchid pink. Beginning mid May.
Cornell Pink Z5
4 – 6’. Deciduous. Maroon bronze fall foliage. Clear pink flowers. Beginning mid-late April.
Delaware Valley White Z5
3 – 5’. Evergreen. Yellow fall color. Single, large, white flowers. Electric Lights Double Pink Z4 6-7’h x 4-5’w deciduous, foliage turns burgundy in fall.
4-6′. Funnel-shaped, bright orange flowers with ruffled petals. Deciduous, Blooms April, May.
Girard’s Crimson Z5
2 – 4’. Evergreen. Spring blooming April/May, part shade. Girard’s Hot Shot Z5 2 – 3’. Evergreen. Orange-red flowers.
18 – 24”. Evergreen. Purple-red winter color with bronze tints. Deep-pink single flowers. Beginning early June.
2 – 4′. Very hardy, highly reliable, with rich lavender-pink, hose-in-hose flowers on a vigorous, upright plant. Foliage turns a brilliant burgundy in the fall. Blooms April, May.
Kiusianum Komo Kulshan Z5
2 – 3’. Pink flowers have a picotee edge with a white throat. Plant is low-growing and compact. A favorite for bonsai, rock gardens and those who love dwarf foreground plants.
Kiusianum White Form Z5
2 – 3’. Miniature evergreen. Bronzy autumn leaves. Tiny pure white flowers. Beginning mid-late May.
Mandarin Lights Z4
5 – 6.5’. Deciduous. Bronze fall foliage. Bright, mandarin-orange spring flowers before leafs out for summer. Beginning early-mid May.
4 – 5’. Evergreen. Chinese Azalea. Species, soft peach flowers. Beginning mid May.
4 – 6’. Deciduous. Ghent Hybrid. Double Light yellow flowers. Beginning mid-late May.
Fragrant, funnel-shaped flowers are white tinged with pink. Blooms April-May.
4-6′. Clusters of medium-sized, bright orange-red flowers appear in spring. Excellent fall foliage color. Blooms in April.
Sweet 16 Z5-9
Lovely, pearl pink to white blossoms, double blooms are complemented by dense evergreen foliage that retains its deep green coloring throughout winter. Blooms in mid to late spring.
5’. Deciduous. Fragrant, shades of pink flowers with a yellow botch. Beginning late May, early June.
Viscosum (Swamp Azalea) Z3
3 – 5’. NATIVE Deciduous. Colorful in fall. Fragrant, white or pink flowers. Grows well in sun or shade Beginning early July.
Viscosum Pink ‘n Sweet Z4
4 – 5’. NATIVE Deciduous. Bronze in summer, purple-red fall foliage. Rich spicy fragrant, pink flowers with lighter pink and yellow eye. beginning mid-late June.
Roseum Marie Hoffman aka Rose Shell Azalea Z4/5
4 – 8’. Deciduous. Intensly fragrant, yellow bronze foliage.
Weston’s Lemon Drop Z4/5
5 – 6’. Deciduous. Pale yellow flowers in July with faint lemon scent, red fall color.
Weston’s Popsicle Z4/5
4 – 6’. Deciduous. Fragrant pink flowers with orange flair in June, full sun/part shade, burgundy-red fall foliage.