Today in the Garden of a Lifetime: Royal Azalea in Fall Foliage

Royal azalea is an active part of your garden for three seasons. The Spring flowers are sensational, even for an azalea. The whorls of leaves that follow are large and distinctly "Wow, look at that!"  And in Fall, the foliage of this year's growth turns pink, while leaves that emerged from older growth turn chocolate. 

 

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After all this excitement, the pleasant if not showy architecture of the leafless Winter twigs of Rhododendron schlippenbachii is a well-deserved rest.

 

Here's how to grow royal azalea, as well as a look at its Spring display of large, plush, pink flowers.

 
 
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