Native azaleas are deciduous and they do not care for dry areas and require good drainage. They won’t thrive in poorly drained, clay soil where they may develop root rot or in sun where they may burn. These plants perform best in dappled shade along woodland edges, shade gardens or above creek and pond banks.
Fragrant. Rhododendron ‘Admiral Semmes’ Native Azalea. Yellow 10′ – 15′. Well suited for our heat and humidity, is considered to be a trouble free native azalea. Large, showy flowers appear in late spring which will steal the show in your landscape. Blooms are a vibrant yellow and highly fragrant. ‘Admiral Semmes’ is a fast growing, large shrub so be sure to give it space! A stunning specimen for a wooded area, ‘Admiral Semmes’ will show up for a distance while in bloom.
Fragrant. Rhododendron ‘Camilla’s Blush’ Native Azalea Soft pink 6′ – 8′. This deciduous native is frequently seen as a selection of Piedmont azaleas. ‘Camilla’s Blush’ has highly fragrant, showy, pale pink flowers in spring. It is a must have for the scented garden. Like most native azaleas, ‘Camilla’s Blush’ does not like wet feet so plant this beauty in a well drained spot where it will get some relief from our hot Georgia sun!
Rhododendron ‘Gibraltar’ Exbury hybrid azalea. Orange, 6′. ‘Gibraltar’ is an exceptional flowering shrub with huge trusses of flowers featuring fringed, bright orange red petals. The fringed petal edges have a crepe paper like look. ‘Gibraltar’ blooms mid-season and has very heavy buds. This deciduous azalea is fragrant, hardy, and easy to grow.
Fragrant. Rhododendron ‘Lisa’s Gold’ Native Azalea. Gold yellow 10′ – 12′. Very fragrant, golden yellow blooms in late spring. An early bloomer for a native, ‘Lisa’s Gold’ puts on quite a show and will fill the air with its wonderful scent. A mid size to tall bush, give her plenty of space to grow. Habit is open and airy, ‘Lisa’s Gold’ may be planted with other denser bushes in a mixed border or as a specimen.
Fragrant. Rhododendron ‘My Mary’ Native Azalea. Orange yellow 4′ – 6′. A deciduous native hybrid rhododendron with showy, very fragrant flowers in late spring. The blooms are a stunning orange yellow, tubular shaped and are very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. While in bloom, ‘My Mary’ will scent your entire yard. Foliage is a medium to pale green and emerge late in the season. ‘My Mary’ is a beautiful shrub for a woodland garden, mass plantings or shrub border.
Fragrant. Rhododendron ‘Summer Eyelet’ Native Azalea. Pure white 5′. This native features an open, airy shape. ‘Summer Eyelet’ blooms late in the season and will fill a yard with a wonderful, spicy clove like scent. Flowers are pure white with lovely red stamens. A strong growing selection of the native viscosum azalea, ‘Summer Eyelet’ is a desirable shrub for a shady spot in the garden.
Fragrant. Rhododendron x ‘Tallulah Sunrise’ Native Azalea bright orange.
Fragrant. Rhododendron ‘Tangerine Delight’ Native Azalea. Orange 10′. A hybrid of native species, deciduous. Blooms mid spring with bright orange, show stopping flowers. ‘Tangerine Delight’ is among the easiest of the native varieties to grow and a great choice for starting a native collection. ‘Tangerine Delight’ is a prolific bloomer and considered among the best of the orange blooming varieties.