Azalea Encore series, repeat blooming wonders for Spring, Summer & Fall

Azalea encore flower

The American Rhododendron expert Buddy Lees created this magnificent series, now shared throughout the planet. These Azalea Encore bloom 2 to 3 times a year, a true botanical revolution!
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Abundant Azalea…

Encore azalea will bloom three times a yearAbundant flowers and evergreen leaves, both of which come in hundreds of hues… the azalea truly is a magnificent shrub. Part of the vast Rhododendron family, it’s a prime favorite of many gardens. It has a vintage look that makes it a hot choice for people who don’t yet have one themselves!

Discover the new Encore® varieties. These are the result of multiple hybridization, and plant lovers will love it all the more for its characteristics.

Conventional azalea bloom for a short time in April-May, whereas the Encore series – French for “again” – naturally blooms several times within the year: in in Spring, from March to April, the first bloom virtually covers the bush.

Then, new flowers appear from July to August, and even from end of September to October-November, especially when there’s a lot of sun.

These second and third blooming seasons can also display quite a cover of flowers, even when planted only in a pot. It’s a truly remarkable flower.

Lots of other Azalea perks, too

Luminous blooming for the Encore Azalea flowerLet’s compare yet another trait of this new breed to its relative, the common azalea. Normally, azalea is known to prefer part shade. The Encore azalea, however, not only thrives in shade, it can also grow very well in full sun. A great way to add more fun to gardening, both in pots and in growing beds.

The series includes a number of different-colored varieties: raspberry pink for the Cardinal, light pink for the Débutante, flashy pink for the Sangria, blood-orange for the Sunset, white with pink comets for the Starlite…

Flowers are sometimes simple, double, or even semi-double. Most are low-growing, but some reach medium height and a few even get quite tall. Combinations ready to suit every garden!

As a last poetic tidbit, the traditional saying about Azalea goes thus: It’s the flower that symbolizes the first sign of true love.

Regarding care and maintenance, these varieties love acidic soil that drains well, though they don’t like drought. Give them a little fertilizer in Spring.

Claire Lelong-Lehoang

Smart tip about the Azalea encore

Pair it with the sun-loving Sunpatiens to create a full-sun garden bed with plants that should have been in part shade! Your neighbors will have trouble believing their eyes!


Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Massive pink blooming by Drew Avery under © CC BY 2.0
Cute pink flower with a splash of violet by Carol VanHook under © CC BY-SA 2.0
Encore ‘Autumn Amethyst’ by Drew Avery under © CC BY 2.0