Azaleas are native to several continents including Asia, Europe and North America. The plants are famously known for beautifully blooming during the Masters Tournament every April at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Azaleas & rhododendrons are very popular in southern gardens, but can be grown from zones 4 to 10.
Azaleas are a deciduous flowering shrub that are classified as rhododendrons. Although azaleas are typically smaller than rhododendrons, these bushes typically have bright flowers that grow in clusters, and are often very fragrant. These shrubs are both deciduous and evergreen depending on the variety and the growing zone the plant is growing.
An interesting factoid: Rhododendron Addicts call themselves Rhodoholics.
The Best Way to Use Azaleas
The most common flower colors for azaleas are shades of red, pink and white. Most azaleas like full sun, but can tolerate partial shade. These plants can be grown in mass plantings, in pots, as focal points in the garden and as garden borders.
Azalea Companion Plants
Plants that go well with azaleas should prefer similar growing conditions, including acidic soil. Here are our favorite shrubs and perennials to grow with azaleas.