35 Different Types of Flowering Azalea Varieties

Are you thinking of adding some flowering azaleas to your garden this season? There are many different types of azaleas, with different growing profiles and bloom times. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago takes a deeper look at some of the top varieties you can add to your garden this season!

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To know an azalea is to love them. They bloom perfectly in the spring and fill our gardens with seasonally beautiful colors. Brightly colored flowers that come in just about every color but blue can fill your gardens with dependable and brilliant colors in the spring when most other plants are still snoozing.

Azaleas come in so many different colors and sizes. Shopping for the perfect variety can become overwhelming. Before you go azalea shopping, take into account the amount of space available you have for your azalea to grow. This will help your azalea grow to its best ability.

If you are in the market for an azalea, read along with me. We’ve assembled a broad list of popular azalea varieties. You are bound to find something that will work for you, regardless of the hardiness zone you are planting in. Let’s dig in!

‘Amelia Rose’

Close-up of a blooming azalea Amelia Rose in the garden against a blurred brown background. The flowers are small, double, have rounded purple petals, densely packed, reminiscent of roses. Leaves are lanceolate, dark green, pubescent.
This incredibly delicate variety of azalea has double purple flowers that resemble roses.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Purple
height height 4-5 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-9

‘Amelia rose’ is a pretty purple azalea. These flowers are double and can reach up to 2 inches in diameter. As the flowers on ‘Amelia rose’ open, they truly do look like purple roses.

This azalea will bloom heavily in the spring and will produce a lighter bloom again in the fall. Its evergreen leaves are a glossy green. Plant ‘Amelia rose’ in your foundation gardens or in your perennial gardens for a really nice flowering evergreen option.

‘Autumn Chiffon’

A close-up of a profusely blooming Autumn Chiffon azalea surrounded by dark green foliage. The flowers are funnel-shaped, pale pink with dark pink freckles on the upper petal. Azalea bush covered with dew drops.
‘Autumn Chiffon’ produces gorgeous solitary pale pink flowers with pink freckles that bloom throughout the season.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 2-3 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-10

This azalea has beautiful pale pink flowers with deep pink splotches and freckles. The flowers are single and will reach close to 3 inches in diameter. ‘Autumn Chiffon’ is an encore azalea and will rebloom throughout the season after a prolific springtime bloom.

The evergreen leaves are a glossy green and contrast nicely with the light pink flowers. Plant ‘Autumn Chiffon’ in full to partial sun. Its compact size would lend itself nicely to a border or container garden.

‘Autumn Ivory’

Close-up of a blooming Azalea 'Autumn Ivory'. The flowers are large, funnel-shaped, consist of 5 oval petals with wavy edges and long white stamens pointing from the centers. The leaves are oval, oblong, bright green, with smooth edges, slightly pubescent. Azalea flowers and leaves are covered with dew drops.
This variety is an evergreen and reblooming azalea with pure white single flowers.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors White
height height 2-3 feet tall, 2-3 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-10

‘Autumn ivory’ has crisp and pure white flowers. The showy flowers are single and abundant. Another encore azalea, this azalea will bloom for a few weeks in the spring and then rebloom throughout the summer, and fall. ‘Autumn ivory’ is an evergreen azalea. Its bright green leaves will last all year long, leaving no gaps in your garden.

This is a great variety for borders or containers. If you are looking to create a mass planting of azaleas in a smaller garden space, this is the azalea for you!

‘Autumn Majesty’

Close-up of a blooming Autumn Majesty azalea flower against a blurred background. The flower is large, semi-double, consists of many layers of purple, wavy, rounded petals with dark red freckles.
‘Autumn Majesty’ produces large semi-double purple flowers with dark red freckles.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Purple
height height 2-3 feet tall, 2-3 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-10

The flowers on ‘Autumn majesty’ are purple with dark red freckles and splotches on the petals. The flowers are semi-double, which means they have more petals than single flowers but not as many as double flowers.

This is an encore azalea and will rebloom throughout the spring, summer, and fall.  The evergreen leaves are glossy and a happy green. Plant ‘Autumn majesty’ around a patio, in containers, as a border along a walkway, or anywhere you spend a lot of time.

‘Autumn Moonlight’

Close-up of three blooming Autumn Moonlight azalea flowers surrounded by dark green, latent, matte, slightly hairy leaves. The flowers are large, semi-double, consist of rounded wavy white petals with light yellow dust.
This variety produces bright white flowers in spring, summer and fall.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors White
height height 4-5 feet tall, 3-4 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-10

‘Autumn moonlight’ has bright white flowers with a slight dusting of light yellow. These brilliant flowers can reach up to 2 inches across. As an encore azalea, ‘Autumn moonlight’ will have a prolific bloom in the spring and will bloom again in the summer and fall. The leaves are small but mighty, holding their deep emerald color all year long.

Plant this beautiful azalea variety around a patio so you can enjoy the bright white flowers, even at night! ‘Autumn moonlight’ would also make a great foundation plant.

‘Bollywood’

Close-up of a profusely blooming Bollywood azalea in the garden. The flowers are large, bell-shaped, bright pink in color with petals wavy at the edges and dark red freckles on the upper petals. The leaves are bright green, oval, oblong with light green spots.
This variety has solitary bright pink flowers and semi-evergreen foliage.
plant-type plant type Semi-Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Magenta
height height 2-3 feet high, 1-2 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

Bollywood is a really fun azalea if you are looking for a plant that has bright pink flowers.  These single flowers will stay in bloom all throughout the spring. The foliage is semi-evergreen which means it may lose its leaves in colder climates.

The leaves provide year-round interest, however. They are soft green with a cream or lighter green border. Bollywood would make a great container plant. It would also be pretty planted throughout your perennial gardens.

‘Coastal Azalea’

Close-up of a flowering Coastal Azalea shrub against a blurred background of green foliage. Funnel-shaped white flowers with a pinkish tint on the petals and a pink throat. Pale pink stamens protrude from the center of the flowers.
This variety is distinguished by its white flowers with pink petal tips and a pink throat.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors White
height height 2-3 feet tall, 4-5 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

‘Coastal azalea’ or Rhododendron atlanticum, is native to the southeast of North America. It has a beautiful growth habit that sprawls a bit wider than it is tall. The flowers are white with pink tips to the petals as well as a pink throat.

The stamens are pink and extend beyond the length of the flower petals. These 1.5-inch flowers will bloom in clusters of 3-13 flowers before the leaves appear on the shrub. Use the ‘Coastal azalea’ as an informal hedge, or add it to your foundation gardens.

‘Delaware Valley White’

Close-up of a blooming Delaware Valley White azalea bush in a sunny garden against a blurred background of green foliage. The flowers are large, white, bell-shaped with slightly wavy edges on the petals and pale yellow freckles on the upper petals. Long white stamens in the centers of the flowers.
This is a beautiful compact azalea that produces white flowers with green or yellow freckles.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors White
height height 2-4 feet tall, 3-5 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

The ‘Delaware Valley White’ azalea is a nice compact azalea with crisp white flowers. You may notice some light green or yellow freckles on the petals. These flowers will reach widths of 2-4 inches. The foliage is small and evergreen. These leaves will hold onto their green color year-round.

This azalea makes an excellent informal hedge around a patio, walkway, or driveway. This flowering shrub will look beautiful all year round, so be sure to plant it where it will not be missed.

‘Double Shot Grape’

Close-up of a Double Shot Grape Azalea flower covered with dew drops. The flowers are large, with wavy, purple petals with red freckles. Red-pink stamens stick out from the centers of the flowers.
This variety is a profusely flowering Azalea with charming purple flowers.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Purple
height height 2-3 feet tall, 2-3 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

‘Double Shot Grape’ has twice the number of flowers, and they are double flowers to boot! These pretty flowers come in a charming shade of purple with red freckles. The foliage is evergreen. The leaves are narrow and have a nice shade of green. This variety will bloom in the spring and then come back, blooming just as strong in the summertime.

This is a heat-tolerant azalea, but be sure to give it some afternoon shade if you live in a warmer climate!

‘Double Shot Watermelon’

Close-up of double shot Watermelon azalea blooming bushes surrounded by dark green leaves against a blurred background. The flowers are large, double, funnel-shaped, bright pink. The leaves are dark green, oval, with smooth edges.
This variety produces incredibly beautiful double watermelon pink flowers.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Hot Pink
height height 2-3 feet tall, 2-3 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

‘Double Shot Watermelon’ will be covered in hot “watermelon” pink flowers throughout the spring and the summer. The hot pink is accented by a deeper pink throat in the center of the flower. These flowers are double and make a huge impact on this compact azalea.

This azalea has really nice foliage that will continue to beautify your landscape long after the flowers fade. This variety is a great choice for containers or the front borders of your flower beds.

‘Electric Lights Double Pink’

Close-up of 'Electric Lights Double Pink' azalea flowers blooming in full sun in a garden surrounded by blooming azalea bushes. The flowers are large, funnel-shaped, double, pure pink with a darker pink throat. The leaves are light green, oval, long.
This azalea variety produces delightful double pure pink flowers.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 6-7 feet tall, 4-5 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-7

The flowers on this azalea are pure pink. The pink flowers are also doubled, and they feature an orange throat. There are many double-flowered azaleas out there, but this one offers something different- height!

Growing up to 7 feet tall, electric lights double pink makes quite the statement in your gardens. The deciduous leaves will turn to burgundy in the fall before dropping for the season. Plant this variety in full to partial sun. Try using this variety as a specimen plant in your foundation or perennial gardens.

‘Fireball’

Close-up of two Fireball azalea flowers against a blurred background. The flowers are large, funnel-shaped, bright orange-red, with slightly wavy edges on the petals and long red stamens.
This variety is tall and produces rich orange-red flowers.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors Orange, Red
height height 4-6 feet tall, 4-5 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

‘Fireball’ is a taller azalea that has rich orange and red flowers growing at the tips of the branches. The flowers will bloom at the same time as the foliage appears. The leaves open in a shade of bronze. With its bright flowers, this azalea makes quite the spring impact. The foliage is deciduous. After the initial shade of red, the leaves will shift from a rich green to a bronze in the fall before dropping.

Plant ‘Fireball’ in your full to partial sun gardens. This azalea attracts a lot of pollinators, so keep that in mind when choosing a spot in your yard.

‘Flame Azalea’

Close-up of a flowering branch of a Flame azalea bush in a sunny garden against a blurred background. The flowers are large, funnel-shaped, bright fiery orange color with long orange stamens. The leaves are bright green, oval.
This variety blooms with delightful bright fiery orange flowers.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors Orange
height height 4-8 feet tall, 4-8 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

For a little bit of a twist, ‘Flame Azalea’, otherwise known as Rhododendron calendulaceum, will brighten up your garden with its flame-orange blossoms. These orange flowers can reach up to 3 inches wide, which is pretty large for a native azalea. The green flowers are deciduous and will turn to a soft yellow before dropping in the autumn.

Plant this azalea anywhere that you coil use a pop of color, but especially in hedges used as privacy screens.

‘Getsutoku’

Close-up of Getsutoku azalea flowers against green leaves. Funnel-shaped white flowers with salmon-pink spots on the petals and dark pink freckles on the upper petals.
This variety produces interesting white flowers with large salmon-pink strokes.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors White and Pink
height height 2-3 feet tall, 2-4 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-9

‘Getsutoku’ is a really pretty azalea that has white flowers with very large salmon-pink splotches that almost look like brush strokes. This azalea will bloom in the early summer, which is a little later than most azaleas. The foliage on ‘Getsutoku’ is evergreen and will remain a deep green all year.

Plant this evergreen azalea in your foundation gardens if you are in need of a dependable plant that will look good all throughout the year.

‘Gibraltar’

Close-up of a blooming Gibraltar azalea bush in a sunny garden. Bright orange flowers in showy clusters. The flowers are funnel-shaped, with long orange stamens in the centers. The leaves are green, elongated, oval.
This variety produces bright dark orange flowers in showy clusters.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors Red, Orange
height height 4-5 feet tall, 4-5 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

The flowers on ‘Gibraltar’ begin the season as a red-flowering azalea, opening to deep orange. The flowers themselves are frilly and will open to be 3 inches in diameter. Clumped together in groups of 3-12, these large flowers make show-stopping trusses. The leaves remain green all season long and drop when the temperatures begin to lower.

Use ‘Gibraltar’ as a statement piece in a small garden or as a privacy screen or hedge throughout your larger gardens.

‘Girard’s Fuchsia’

A close-up of a flowering branch of the Girard's Fuchsia azalea lit by the sun against a blurred background. The bright, funnel-shaped fuchsia flowers have wavy petal edges and dark pink freckles on the upper petals. The leaves are lanceolate, dark green, pubescent with smooth edges.
This variety is a dwarf azalea that produces single fuchsia flowers.
plant-type plant type Semi-Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Fuchsia
height height 2-4 feet tall, 3-5 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

This azalea blooms heavily in the spring. It’s a lovely dwarf azalea that will be covered in fuchsia flowers. These flowers are single and are decorated with red freckles. The foliage is small and a glossy green. The leaves may drop in cooler climates but will remain evergreen in warmer climates.

This variety is a perfect choice for edges or elegant borders. Planting this azalea in a group in a woodland garden would provide glowing color to your shady spaces. This is a tried and true plant and will not disappoint.

‘Gumpo Pink’

A close-up of a flowering Gumpo Pink azalea bush surrounded by pale green oval leaves against a blurred background. Delicate, funnel-shaped, solitary pale pink flowers with a white throat and long white stamens.
This showy pink azalea will brighten up your garden with a glowing wonder.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 1-2 feet tall, 2-3 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-9

If you are looking for a very showy pink azalea, ‘Gumpo pink’ is a great choice. The flowers are a classic pink with a white throat which almost give the flowers a glowing appearance. The flowers are single but have a really pretty frilled edge to the petals, making them appear fuller. The evergreen leaves will maintain their color throughout the years.

This is a great option for a ground cover azalea. Plant it in the front of a garden, under trees, or anywhere you could use a low-growing flowering shrub.

‘Gumpo White’

Close-up of dewy Gumpo White azalea flowers surrounded by emerald green, glossy, hairy leaves. Large, funnel-shaped, white flowers with a slight greenish tinge to the throat.
This variety is a groundcover azalea that produces white flowers with a pale green throat.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors White
height height 1-2 feet tall, 2-3 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-8

‘Gumpo White’ is an excellent ground cover azalea. Its flowers are white with a green throat. The flowers are single and will begin to bloom towards the end of May. The foliage on gumpo white is small and a glossy emerald green. ‘Gumpo White’ has been known to rebloom throughout the season.

Group some of these azaleas together for a stunning display under tree canopies, around a patio, or as the front edge of a border.

‘Hino Crimson’

Large flowering azalea bush Hino Crimson in the garden. Many solitary dark pink, funnel-shaped flowers with long red stamens. The leaves are small, oval, dark green.
This popular azalea variety produces magnificent purplish-pink flowers with small glossy green foliage.
plant-type plant type Semi-Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Magenta
height height 2-3 feet tall, 1-2 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

‘Hino Crimson’ is a popular azalea for many great reasons. The magenta flowers nearly glow in your garden when the sunlight hits them. The flowers are single, but there are so many of them you would never miss the extra petals. The foliage is small and glossy green. The leaves may drop in some areas but will remain evergreen in warmer climates.

This variety is best used in a mass planting as a border or a hedge.

‘Holland’

A close-up of a profusely flowering Holland azalea bush surrounded by pale green oval leaves. Large, solitary, funnel-shaped dark pink flowers with red freckles on the upper petals.
Azalea Holland is a superb variety producing dark pink flowers with a red throat and red freckles.
plant-type plant type Semi-Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 2-4 feet high, 3-4 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

‘Holland’ is a strong pink option for your gardens. These flowers are a deep pink with a red throat and red freckles on the petals. These flowers are single but plentiful. The foliage on this variety is semi-evergreen, so some of us may lose the leaves depending on how cool our climate is.

Try planting ‘Holland’ in a container. If this isn’t in your wheelhouse, ‘Holland’ is a really nicely sized azalea that can be used in a mass planting, as an informal hedge, or planted throughout a foundation planting.

‘Imperial Queen’

Close-up of an Imperial Queen azalea flower against a blurred background of closed pink buds. The flower is funnel-shaped, double, consists of oval petals arranged in two layers around long red stamens sticking out from the center of the flower. The leaves are small, oval, dark green, very pubescent.
This Imperial Queen Azalea blooms with gorgeous light pink double flowers.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Light Pink
height height 4-6 feet tall, 4-6 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8-11

‘Imperial Queen’ is a taller azalea that is covered in gorgeous double flowers. These flowers are a light shade of pink and have dark pink freckles down into the throat. The foliage is evergreen and will maintain its glossy green color all year.

Take note that this is a warm-weather azalea. Do not forget to water your azaleas if you live in a warmer climate. Azaleas are shallow-rooted plants that can dry out quickly if they get too much sun.

‘Karen’

Close-up of blooming Karen azalea flowers covered with dew drops. The flowers are funnel-shaped, a pleasant lilac shade with bright red freckles.
‘Karen’ has lilac flowers with red freckles and produces bright green foliage that turns burgundy in the fall.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Purple
height height 2-4 feet tall, 3-5 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9

This azalea is anything but basic. The flowers on ‘Karen’ are a calming shade of lilac with red freckles. These flowers are single and will last throughout the fall. The bright green foliage, on the other hand, will last all year long and will turn a rich shade of burgundy in the fall.

Karen is a very versatile azalea and can be used in so many places throughout your yard. Try using it as a shorter hedge around a patio or walkway. You can also plant them in the spring as a mass planting, or as a foundational plant in your garden.

‘Kimono Canzonetta’

Close-up of blooming azalea Kimono Canzonetta flowers. Large, funnel-shaped flowers, bright pink, consist of almost fused wavy petals and long red stamens.
This ground cover azalea has bright pink flowers and dark green glossy foliage.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Bright Pink
height height 1-2 feet tall, 2-3 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

This is a really nice ground cover plant. The flowers are a very bright shade of pink, and there are a ton of them on this small plant. The leaves are dark green with a glossy finish that will last all season long.

Planting a ‘Kimono canzonetta’ as a groundcover is a sure bet. This is an azalea that is dependable and will keep your garden thriving all season long. 

‘Lemon Lights’

Close-up of blooming Lemon Lights azalea flowers in a sunny garden. Bright yellow, large, funnel-shaped flowers with deep orange spots on the upper petals.
This incredibly bright azalea variety will brighten up your garden with lemon-yellow flowers.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors Yellow
height height 4-5 feet high, 3-4 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-8

For a bright addition to your garden, give ‘Lemon Lights’ a try. This taller azalea is adorned with lemon-yellow flowers. These flowers grow in clumps, or trusses, at the end of the stems before the leaves appear. The foliage will drop in the fall but not before it puts on a show and turns deep purple.

This variety would make a really pretty specimen shrub, and its beauty would only be amplified when it is planted in a grouping.

‘Mountain Azalea’

Close-up of a flowering branch of 'Mountain Azalea' against a blurred green background. Delightful, pale pink funnel-shaped white flowers with a pinkish tint on the petals and bright pink throats. Bright pink long stamens protrude from the centers of the flowers. The leaves are bright green with a matte sheen.
‘Mountain Azalea’ produces fragrant funnel-shaped pink flowers.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 6-8 feet tall, 6-12 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

Rhododendron canescens is a very common native azalea in the Southeastern United States. This azalea has fragrant pink flowers that will appear in clusters of 5 to 9 flowers. These flowers will grow up to 2 inches long. These flowers will appear before the foliage fills out the shrub. The foliage is a nice bright green with a dull finish.

Plant the mountain azalea in your woodland gardens and in areas with acidic soil for the best outcome. 

‘My Mary’

Close-up of a blooming My Mary azalea cluster in a sunny garden. The flowers are pale yellow, funnel-shaped, with very long, showy stamens and an orangey tinge in the throats. Some yellow buds haven't opened yet.
‘My Mary’ produces light yellow flowers with very long stamens and orange throats.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors Yellow
height height 4-6 feet tall, 3-5 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

This is a lovely light yellow azalea. The yellow flowers have very long and showy stamens, as well as hints of red and orange in the throat. The trusses of flowers are massive and are made up of up to 25 flowers! The foliage is a pleasing green that is insect resistant.

My Mary is a mid-size azalea that would work well in most areas of your garden. It would also be very beautiful around a patio or within a woodland garden.

‘Pink-A-Boo’

Flowering branch of Pink-A-Boo azalea on a blurred green background. The leaves are oval, elongated, dark green, glossy. The flowers are funnel-shaped, consisting of bright pink oval petals with large orange strokes on the upper petals.
This fun azalea blooms with bright pink flowers with large orange strokes on the top petals.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink, Orange
height height 3-4 feet tall, 4-6 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

Pink-a-boo is a really fun azalea. The flowers on this azalea are bright pink with large brushstrokes of orange, which gives the shrub an almost tropical feel. The petals themselves are very ruffled, giving them the appearance of having extra petals. When the leaves emerge, they will be red in color and will age to a shade of green.

Plant pink-a-boo as a hedge or throughout your garden beds. Try planting your containers with pink-a-boo and placing them around a patio or deck for vibrant spring color.

‘Pink Shell Azalea’

Close-up of a blooming Pink Shell azalea, lit by the sun against a blurred background of a green garden. Large, solitary, funnel-shaped, pinkish-white flowers with orange freckles in the center.
This incredibly pink azalea will become an indispensable favorite in your flower garden.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 10-15 feet tall, 8-10 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-7

The pink shell azalea blooms before the leaves open, making their pinkish white flowers really stand out. The single flowers bloom in trusses of about 4-8 flowers. You will notice some freckles in the center of the flower. The foliage will be shiny green, and will drop in the fall but not before turning to a beautiful burgundy.

This is a great azalea for a tall border due to its large size. The royal azalea will grow beautifully on slopes.

‘Raspberry Sundae’

Close-up of a blooming Raspberry Sundae azalea bush lit by the sun in a garden. Funnel-shaped, pink, double flowers have wavy petals and long pink stamens. Azalea has long, oval, dark green leaves.
This variety is a repeat flowering azalea with double crimson flowers and evergreen foliage.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 3 feel tall, 2-3 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

‘Raspberry Sundae’ is a pretty pink azalea that will bloom twice for you, once in the spring and again in the summer. These flowers are double and come in a deep raspberry shade of pink. The foliage on this variety is evergreen and will keep your garden looking beautiful all year long.

Plant this variety in containers or in your flower beds. This is a nice compact size and will fit nicely in amongst your perennials or as an informal hedge.

‘Rosebud’

Close-up of Rosebud Azalea flowers blooming surrounded by dark green, oval leaves. Double, large pink flowers, consist of 12 rounded petals, completely covering the centers of the flowers. The flowers are very reminiscent of small rosebuds.
This incredibly beautiful variety of azalea blooms with double, rose-like pink flowers.
plant-type plant type Evergreen
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 2-3 feet tall, 3-4 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

‘Rosebud’ is adorned with an excessive amount of pink flowers. The tightly wrapped buds resemble sweet little rosebuds. When the flower buds open, they reveal gorgeous double flowers with up to 12 petals.

These flowers will reach up to 1.5 inches in diameter and will remain on the shrub for up to 6 weeks! The evergreen foliage is small and green, with no notable fall color. Use ‘Rosebud’ almost anywhere in your garden, but especially in your smaller garden spaces.

‘Royal Azalea’

Close-up of blooming Royal Azalea flowers surrounded by bright green foliage. The leaves are oval, bright, slightly wrinkled. The funnel-shaped flowers are a soft pink with a white throat that gives them a slight glow. There are pink freckles on the upper petals.
Royal Azalea has fragrant bright pink flowers with bright pink freckles.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 4-6 feet tall, 3-5 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-8

The royal azalea, or Rhododendron schlippenbachii, presents us with some of the prettiest pink flowers around. The flower buds are hot pink, opening to reveal a delicate pink with hot pink freckles. These fragrant flowers are single but grow in clusters of 3-6 flowers.

Each of those flowers can grow up to 3 inches in diameter. The foliage is a beautiful green color with hints of copper and red. The leaves will drop in the fall, but the form of the royal azalea is beautiful and will not take away from your winter gardens.

The royal azalea makes a nice hedge or a tall plant in the back of a garden or border.

‘Swamp Azalea’

Close-up of white Swamp Azalea flowers surrounded by oval, dark green, hairy leaves. The flowers are funnel-shaped, white, open, star-shaped, with long white stamens. The outer side of the flowers is pubescent.
This variety produces star-shaped white flowers with a strong clove-like scent.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors White
height height 5-8 feet tall, 7-10 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

‘Swamp azalea’ is native to the swampy areas of North America, reaching as far north as Maine and as far south as Alabama. The star-like flowers are a crisp white and have a strong clove-like fragrance.

Sometimes these flowers will have hints of pink, but they will always bloom in clusters of 3-12 flowers. The foliage will be dark green throughout most of the season and will turn yellow, orange, and purple before dropping when the temperatures drop.

Plant this variety around a patio where you can enjoy the beautifully scented flowers.

‘Sweet Azalea’

Close-up of blooming Sweet Azalea flowers against a backdrop of bright green, oval, glossy foliage. The white, funnel-shaped flowers have long red stamens.
This variety produces delicate white flowers with long red stamens.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors White
height height 5-6 feet tall, 5-6 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

‘Sweet Azalea’, or Rhododendron arborescens, has pretty white flowers with pink or red stamens, which are often longer than the flower petals themselves. These flowers will reach up to 2 inches across and will be clustered in groups of up to 7 flowers.

Sweet azaleas will bloom in early summer, filling a common gap of blooms within gardens. The pretty glossy leaves are a nice rich green until autumn comes when they will turn to a deep red or purple. Add a ‘Sweet Azalea’ to your border gardens, and enjoy their fragrant summertime blooms.

‘Weston’s Innocence’

Close-up of Weston's Innocence azalea blooming white flowers in a sunny garden against a blurred background. The flowers are large, white, frilled, with a pale yellow spot on the upper petals and long white stamens.
‘Weston’s Innocence’ blooms with incredibly delicate white frilly flowers in late spring.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors White
height height 6-8 feet tall, 6-8 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-8

‘Weston’s Innocence’ is a flowering shrub with frilly white flowers that will bloom in late spring lasting into the early summer. The blooms are in clusters of 8. You may also notice a slight yellow petal, as well as pink stamens. This azalea was bred to be resistant to mildew diseases.

The foliage is a true green with hints of copper. In the fall, the foliage will take on a hint of burgundy. ‘Weston’s Innocence’ would make a beautiful hedge, but it will also look lovely throughout your garden beds and borders.

‘Windbeam’

Close-up of blooming Windbeam azalea flowers. Delicate white flowers are bell-shaped with glowing soft pink and purple hues, giving the flowers a luminescent look.
This variety produces delightful magical white flowers with hints of pink and purple.
plant-type plant type Deciduous
bloom-colors bloom colors White/ Pink
height height 3-4 feet tall, 3-4 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-8

‘Windbeam’ is a popular variety of azalea with almost magical flowers. The flowers will open white and, as they age, will take on hits of peach, pink and purple, giving the flowers a luminescent appearance.

The flowers are gathered together in clusters of 8, each flower growing to about 1 inch wide. The foliage is a dull olive green that turns bronze in the fall. ‘Windbeam’ is a good size plant that could be used almost anywhere in your garden. Try it in containers, around your patio, or in your foundation plantings.

Final Thoughts

No matter what hardiness zone you reside in or the garden space you are trying to fill, you will have no problem choosing an azalea that you truly love. These flowering shrubs are versatile, and their blooms are something to look forward to each spring. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran azalea grower, I hope this list has inspired you to give something new a try!

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