The Azalea Autumn Encore series is a range of heat and drought tolerant Rhododendron hybrids which boast beautiful repeat flowering in spring, summer and autumn. Empress™ has a mounding growth habit with gorgeous medium pink, semi-double blooms and dark green foliage.
Prefers a part shade protected position with a well-drained, humus rich soil that is slightly acidic. Is hardy once established. Prune after flowering to maintain a compact shape, mulch well during extended dry periods and fertilise with an Azalea specific or a complete organic fertiliser in spring and late summer. If flowers are becoming mushy this might be a sign of petal blight, pick off and dispose of then treat with appropriate fungicides. Azaleas are also susceptible to insect attack, treat with appropriate pesticides.
Looks fantastic and works well mass planted under trees or as a specimen plant. Great potted in courtyards, entertaining areas or to frame an entrance. Works wonderfully planted with other traditional favourites such as Camellias, Pieris and Helleborus.
Height to 1.0m
Width to 80cm