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The best feature of Encore azalea shrubs is their reblooming nature. Most azaleas bloom once in the spring for several weeks per year. The Azalea Encore® line reblooms again in summer and can carry blooms into fall, providing three seasons of showy color and bright flowers.
You may have heard that azaleas like shady spots. Traditional azaleas do enjoy growing under other trees, in partial shade. However, Encore® azaleas can also be planted in near-full sun or partial sun, depending on the species!
They are an excellent choice for people with sunny yards who want some azalea color and pizzazz. For the best blooms, 4 to 6 hours of sun and a little afternoon shade are ideal.
Encore® azaleas are evergreen, keeping their foliage year-round. This a great feature if you want to use them to create privacy and seclusion.
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Encore® azaleas make superb specimen plantings at the corners of your home, outbuildings, or next to your mailbox. Use them at the street end of your driveway, or to mark the entrance to your deck or patio. This evergreen azalea shrub’s foliage provides color and screening in all seasons.
Encore® azaleas make striking mass plantings, making a broad swath of colorful flowers in the landscape and softening corners and transitions in your yard. Choose several complementary colors of flowering shrubs to achieve that professionally landscaped look.
You can also grow Encore® azaleas in containers. These compact shrubs do well in larger pots and planters and can add a great splash of color to your deck or patio.
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Like most other azaleas, Encore® azaleas will bloom in the spring. However, one of the main draws of this flower is that it actually blooms 3 times each year. After blooming in the spring, Encore® azaleas will bloom again in the summer, then bloom a third time in the fall.
Encore® azaleas won’t grow particularly large. Most of them will only grow 2 to 5 feet tall with a similar width. Encore® azaleas will usually reach their full size in 3 to 5 years. You’ll want to make sure that you plant your azaleas at least 3 feet apart. Planting them any closer may allow you to form something of a shrub.
Most Encore® azaleas are hardy in USDA zones 6-10. If you are planting in the southern edges of its range, give it more shelter from the hot afternoon sun. Likewise, choose a warmer spot if you live on the northern edge of its hardiness area.
If you live in zone 5 or 6, choose a location sheltered from winter winds. Mulch the base of the plant well in the fall. You can also wrap your Encore® azalea in burlap for the winter or bring it inside if you planted it in a container.
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