Autumn Amethyst Encore Azalea (Rhododendron ‘Conlee’)
Autumn Amethyst Encore Azalea
Vibrant jewel tones for your landscape! Hurry and snatch up the amazing Encore® Autumn Amethyst® Azalea (Rhododendron x ‘Conlee’) and enjoy its brilliant, deep amethyst-pink flowers and a repeating bloom nature! Your Autumn Amethyst® explodes in spring with 2-inch, single blooms of brilliant, hot-violet intensity. The blossoms smother the branches in a veritable blanket of color three times during the growing season!
The vibrant shades continue throughout the summer and into fall! Just when you think the colorful display is over, your Encore® Autumn Amethyst® Azalea will prove itself true to its name when its dark, broad-leaved evergreen foliage transforms into purple hues for winter! The bees and butterflies adore these blooms, and a few Hummingbirds will drop by too!
This Azalea is an easy-care Azalea that is among the cold-hardy of the Encore® series – thriving throughout USDA growing zones 6 to 9! You can leave Autumn Amethyst® to grow naturally, but gentle pruning will enhance its bloom and vigor. It’s mildew, heat, and disease resistant, as well as adaptable to a variety of conditions!
Autumn Amethyst® is sure to create a head-turning, vibrant display in your yard, or create a lively border and backdrop for your other gardens and landscape walkways! Enjoy being creative with this year-round green stand-out! Flowering privacy screens are worth their weight in gold! Hide nosy neighbors along your patio seating, or block an unsightly view, everyone will appreciate a ‘friendly fence’ along your property line. Plant a few of these in your mixed border or use them as a foundation planting for instant curb appeal.
The bright colors and steady evergreen presence even make this Azalea a stand-out specimen plant! Bursting at the seams with exciting energy! These would also look terrific in containers on your front porch or patio. It has a compact nature that makes it ideal for container gardeners on your back patio and is perfectly suited for smaller gardens! Easily tuck into small nooks and garden corners, or fill gaps and voids in established landscapes!
Pollinators too will flock to this welcome food source each spring, and throughout the year to grace your gardens with their whimsical presence. The repeat blooms keep the bees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds migrating to your landscape over and over again! These are must-haves for the pollinator border, and the woodland garden where all will frolic in the dappled shade!
Rhododendrons and Azaleas will even do well in part shade or sun! Enriched well-drained soil is a must. Ensure their roots have life-long symbiotic support with Nature Hills Root Booster used during planting. Remember not to plant these shallow-rooted plants too deeply. Mound them up in a hill of extra soil, leaving an inch or two of the root ball showing.
You’ll then bring a three-inch layer of mulch up around the base of the plant. Last, pull the mulch back away from touching the stems. Water consistently during the first season. Thereafter, you’ll want to give Azaleas regular deep drinks when the weather gets dry.
Prune to shape, but wait until after the blooms are finished! Don’t wait too long, as you might accidentally trim off next year’s flowers. Avoid underplanting near your Azalea to give the roots room to spread and keep the area weeded. Feed with slow-release fertilizer for acid-loving, ericaceous plants. Follow the label directions for timing and application rates.
Azaleas are well known for their stunning welcome to spring. Autumn Amethyst® Encore® Azalea accomplishes not only a brilliant spring display but carries it over into fall, and keeps right on going into the winter months.
|Common name||Autumn Amethyst Encore Azalea|
|Botanical name||Rhododendron 'Conlee'|
|Plant type||Shrubs, Hedges|
|Hardiness zone||6-10 outdoors|