AzaleasPosted: March 15, 2013
Azaleas herald the beginning of spring on the Gulf Coast, blooming in their full glory as early as the second week of March.
They will grow into large mounding shrubs if lightly pruned. Azaleas are in the Rhododendron genus and the most popular for this area are the Indicas.
Encore azaleas bloom on and off all year long.
Azaleas come in many colors and the Automatic Garden has about 25 individual shrubs. Azaleas love the acid soil in garden, courtesy of the many Loplolly Pines.
Lighter colored azaleas show off their “leopard” prints. A favorite spring pastime in this area is going on one of the Azalea Trails.