A word about azalea colors
As the group names suggest, the azalea color palette includes apricot, coral, lavender, burgundy, gold, white, and many variations on these shades. But azaleas demonstrate a certain independent spirit and ability to break the rules. As a result, you may notice last year’s white azaleas are mixed with some lavender branches, or your previously solid apricot azalea flowers are sporting stripes.
No, you’re not imagining things. Your azalea has thrown a sport, a genetic mutation that may correct itself the next growing season or be passed down to subsequent blooms. Some sports are highly prized by breeders and growers, and yours might be, too. If your azalea’s sport is especially interesting, you can save it by cleanly removing the branch and letting it root. Once roots grow, you can include the new plant in your collection of azaleas.
How to extend the azalea season
Azaleas are also categorized by their blooming seasons. Choosing azalea plants from each category can keep you in azalea flowers for most of the year. Here are just a few of the thousands of types of early, mid-season, and late bloomers.
- Lilac-shaded spider azaleas
- Soft pink coral bells
- Bold Sherwood red
- Vibrant pink pride of mobile
- Pastel-tinged white windbeam
- Soft pink wheatley
- Orange flame creeper
- Peach-hued Weston’s lemon drop
- Pink sweet September
If fading azalea flowers leave you feeling a little blue, plant Encore azaleas. They bloom once in the spring along with other azaleas and then a second time when other plants are losing their last spring flowers.