Japanese azaleas are a very popular addition to our gardens. While in Japan they grow into large, large shrubs, they grow significantly smaller in our continental dry climate. They are low maintenance and usually bloom very abundantly from mid to late spring.
Cultivar "Purple Splendor" has medium-sized flowers, purple, with slightly wavy ends of petals and wine-dotted tongue. It belongs to the group of Gable hybrids, which in practice means that it blooms later than ordinary Japanese azaleas (until the end of May for about two weeks). It grows medium fast, very densely. They form beautiful ground floor. The leaves are tiny, elongated with a tip, slightly glossy and medium green. This variety retains most of the leaves during the winter, but only changes their color to copper to reddish. Then it turns green again in spring.
Requirements: It needs light, acidic, very permeable and preferably constantly moist (but not wet) earth, rich in iron and phosphorus. In order to maintain the soil moisture, it is best to have them constantly mulched. Fertilize with special fertilizers for rhododendrons and azaleas. Fully hardy to -29 ° C.