Azaleas are in the Rhododendron family. Most azaleas are hardy to planting zones 6-9, with a few varieties tolerating colder temperatures up to zone 4. Plant azaleas in partial shade or in a spot with morning sun and afternoon shade. Acidic Soil: Azaleas prefer soil with a pH of 5 to 6.5.
Photos by Jenna Bell.
The end of February and beginning of March is when my friend Jenna’s garden is vibrant with the spring colors of azaleas here in central Florida. Her home is situated on a large lot with a pond, lots of shade trees, and azaleas she planted in the shade decades ago. Thanks for sharing your photos Jenna!
Beside this vine covered fence is a patch of pineapple plants.
View across the pond of shade trees, edge of deck, and azaleas.
Those of you who visit often may remember my post last year on Helping Monarch Butterflies. Jenna and her husband move monarch chrysalis off milkweed plants to the screened pool area to protect them from predators. When the butterflies emerge, they are released in the garden. She has already found a chrysalis attached to the underside of a deck chair. Crossing my fingers that they have a beautiful summer of Monarchs this year.
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