15 Dwarf Azalea Varieties For Compact Planting Spaces

Are you thinking of planting some Azaleas this season, but aren't quite sure if you have the space? You are in luck! There are plenty of dwarf Azaleas you can grow that keep a more compact growing profile. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago takes a look at her favorite compact Azalea varieties you can add to your garden this season!

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When you think of a beautifully growing azalea, you may picture hedges and mass plantings of larger flowering shrubs. These shrubs often come in shades of pinks, purples and whites. However, sometimes you may not have the space or the right growing conditions for these large shrubs.

Dwarf azaleas are simply azaleas that are shorter than other azalea varieties. These smaller plants will typically only grow from 1-3 feet tall. Everything else about them is the same. Some dwarf varieties may be evergreen while others will be deciduous. Most importantly, the flowers will still be just as beautiful on compact varieties as they are on those that are larger.

We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of compact azalea plants that you can incorporate into garden containers or smaller garden spaces. Let’s dig in and take a deeper look at each!

‘Autumn Bonfire’

Blooming bush Azalea Autumn Bonfire in the garden. The bush consists of profusely blooming rich red funnel-shaped flowers with long stamens protruding from the centers. Many bright green, flat, oval, oblong leaves grow on branches.
This variety is a repeat flowering dwarf azalea bush that produces bright red double flowers.
plant-type plant type Evergreen Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors Red
height height 3 feet tall, 3 ½ feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-10

‘Autumn bonfire’ is from the encore series of reblooming azaleas. This vareity will produce a prolific bloom in the spring, and then have blooms throughout the summer and fall. This is a fast growing dwarf azalea with bright red double flowers. These glowing red azalea flowers will reach up to 2 ½ inches in diameter. ‘Autumn bonfire’ is an evergreen plant, and will hold onto its dark green glossy leaves all year round.

The rapid growth habit of autumn bonfire makes it a great choice if you need to fill your garden in a pinch, rather than waiting for some slower growing shrubs to fill out your beds.

‘Autumn Chiffon’

A close-up of a profusely flowering Azalea Autumn Chiffon bush. Numerous pale pink bell-shaped flowers, with dark pink freckles on the upper petal and long pink stamens pointing out from the centers. The leaves are simple, entire, elliptical in shape, dark green in color.
This variety blooms with delicate pale pink flowers with deep pink freckles.
plant-type plant type Evergreen Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 3 feet tall, 2 2 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-10

‘Autumn chiffon’ is another reblooming azalea from the encore collection. The flowers on this azalea are a very pale pink with deep pink freckles. They are single flowers that emphasize the deep freckles. Blooming heavily in the spring and then again in the summer and fall these blossoms will reach up to nearly 3 inches in diameter. The leaves are evergreen, and will maintain their dark glossy shade of green all year long.

‘Autumn chiffon’ would make a really pretty low growing hedge, or border garden around a patio or walkway. It would also be really pretty in containers.

‘Autumn Majesty’

Close-up of a blooming Autumn Majesty azalea bush against a blurred background. The flowers are large, double, dark purple with red freckles on rounded, slightly wavy petals.
This re-blooming dwarf azalea impresses with its double dark purple flowers with red freckles.
plant-type plant type Evergreen Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors Purple
height height 3 feet high, 3 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-10

As a member of the encore collection of azaleas, autumn majesty is a reblooming azalea filling your gardens with bountiful blooms all year long. This particular azalea has deep purple double flowers with red freckles throughout  the petals. ‘Autumn majesty’ is a nice compact and rounded shrub with glossy deep green leaves.

Plant ‘Autumn majesty’ in a mass grouping for a beautiful display all year long. This variety would also be beautiful in containers decorating your deck or patios.

‘Bollywood’

Bollywood Azalea Plant Growing in Garden. The shrub is blooming in vivid pink blooms with reddish colored centers. Center stamens are red in color, and green foliage is growing in the background.
This variety has beautiful pinkish-red blooms.
plant-type plant type Semi Evergreen Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 3 feet high, 2 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

‘Bollywood’ is a fun and cheery plant. The flowers blossom in bright pink. The leaves are green with creamy edging. The foliage is semi-evergreen which means if you live in a cooler climate you will probably lose your azalea leaves over the winter. These pretty leaves will come back strong next spring though, so don’t worry if you notice leaf drop!

Plant ‘Bollywood’ in containers, or in an area where you are not looking for evergreen coverage over the wintertime.

‘Cherry Drops’

Close-up shot of blooming Cherry Drops azalea flowers illuminated by the bright sun. The flowers are large, funnel-shaped, consist of 5 oval cherry-red petals, on the top of which are dark pink freckles. Long dark pink stamens protrude from the centers of the flowers.
This variety blooms with single cherry red flowers to add elegance to your garden.
plant-type plant type Evergreen Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors Red
height height 3 feet high, 4 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-9

This red azalea will grow to 3 feet in height and will creep slightly wider than it is tall. ‘Cherry Drops’ has cherry red colored flowers. They are single flowers that will appear in mid spring. The foliage is evergreen and will be dark green and glossy all year long.

Try planting ‘Cherry Drops‘ as a border in front of your home, or in a woodland edge. The wide growth habit makes cherry drops a great choice for a low hedge as well. The red flowers will really glow in the partial sunlight, adding a dramatic elegance to your gardens.

‘Coastal Azalea’

Close-up of Coastal Azalea azalea flowers in bloom surrounded by dark green, elliptical, heavily hairy leaves. Many funnel-shaped flowers, white with pinkish tints on the tips of the petals and on the outer side of the bud.
This variety is a deciduous azalea that has delicate white flowers with pink tips on the petals.
plant-type plant type Deciduous Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors Blush
height height 3 feet high, 5 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

The coastal azalea or, Rhododendron atlanticum, is native to the southeastern United States. This species of rhododendron has white flowers with pink tips to the petals. These flowers can reach up to 1 ½ inches in diameter. This is a deciduous azalea, meaning that it will drop its leaves when the temperatures begin to get chilly.

Rhododendron atlanticum is highly fragrant. I would suggest planting it in a grouping somewhere that you will be able to enjoy the aroma.

‘Delaware Valley White’

Close-up of blooming Delaware Valley White Azalea flowers in a sunny garden. The flowers are large, bell-shaped, consist of almost fused white petals on the top of which are golden yellow freckles. Long creamy stamens in flower centers.
This variety produces delightful white flowers with yellow freckles.
plant-type plant type Evergreen Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors White
height height 4 feet tall, 5 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

This is a pretty white flowered azalea. ‘Delaware Valley White’ is adorned with crisp white flowers with yellow to light green freckles. The flowers can reach up to a whopping 4 inches in diameter. The small leaves on this azalea are evergreen and will retain their green color all year long.

Try planting this variety in a grouping in a woodland garden, or around a patio. They also make great low growing shrubs for lining garden borders or paths.

‘Geisha Girl’

Close-up of blooming Geisha Girl azalea flowers surrounded by dark green, oval, elongated, hairy leaves. The flower consists of 5 white petals with a bright pink border and 6-8 long stamens sticking out of the centers.
This variety has charming white flowers with hot pink edging.
plant-type plant type Evergreen Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink, White
height height 3 feet high, 4 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-9

‘Geisha girl’ is a pretty azalea that has white flowers with bright pink edging. The flowers resemble petunias, and are quite charming. The flowers can reach up to 2 ½ inches across. The foliage is a bright green. These leaves are evergreen and will be around to keep your yard looking fresh all year long.

Try planting this variety in containers for some beautiful spring color around your yard. ‘Geisha girl’ would also be beautifully planted in the back of your perennial gardens where it could offer some pretty spring color but also a nice evergreen backdrop.

‘Girard’s National Beauty’

A close-up of a blooming Girard's National Beauty azalea in the garden. Many bright pink bell-shaped flowers with ruffled edges on the petals. The leaves are small, elliptical, dark green, pubescent.
This variety has showy pink double flowers with frilly edges.
plant-type plant type Evergreen Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 3 feet high, 4 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

This variety of azalea is infamous for being covered in an incredible amount of flowers. The flowers on ‘Girard’s national beauty‘ are hot pink with frilly edges. The edges really add to the appeal of this shrub, giving the appearance of double flowers. This vareity is also known for its beauty when it is not in bloom. The foliage is evergreen.

This azalea would be beautiful in any woodland setting. Try planting some around the perimeter of your yard on the edge of the woods.

‘Kimono Maraschino’

Close-up of a blooming Kimono Maraschino azalea shrub. An abundance of blooming bright, reddish-pink, large, bell-shaped flowers with long dark pink stamens. The flowers are double, have rounded wavy petals arranged in two layers.
This variety is a ground cover that produces bright reddish-pink flowers and dark green glossy foliage.
plant-type plant type Evergreen Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors Red
height height 1 ½ feet high, 3 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6

If you are looking for a blooming groundcover, give ‘Kimono Maraschino’ a try. This azalea will only reach about 20 inches in height, but will creep up to three. The flowers on this azalea variety are a reddish pink creating a vibrant blanket throughout your garden. The evergreen leaves will be a dark glossy green for most of the year, but will turn to a deep purple in the fall.

I think this would be a beautiful variety to plant under some Japanese maples, the shades of red would compliment each other very nicely.

‘Kimono May Snow’

Abundantly flowering bush of Azalea Kimono May Snow in a sunny garden. Many large white bell-shaped flowers with slightly wavy oblong petals and light green freckles on the upper petals. The leaves are dark green, elliptical, pubescent, some of them have orange and brown spots.
This beautiful and delicate variety of azalea blooms with white flowers with light green freckles.
plant-type plant type Evergreen Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors White
height height 1 ½ feet high, 3 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

Another lovely azalea variety from the kimono collection is ‘May Snow’. This variety will only reach about 16 inches in height, but will creep up to three feet. May Snow has pretty white flowers with light green freckles and throats. The spreading foliage is a deep, glossy green that will last throughout the season.

Plant this groundcover azalea amongst other evergreen shrubs, or in darker shady corners. The white flowers will help to illuminate those areas while also providing much needed late spring color.

‘Perfecto Mundo Double Purple’

A close-up view of Perfecto Mundo Double Purple azalea flowers in full bloom surrounded by small, oval, dark green, hairy leaves. The flowers are large, double, pure purple with ruffled edges.
This reblooming azalea bush produces delightful double purple flowers with ruffled edges.
plant-type plant type Evergreen Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors Purple
height height 3 feet high, 3 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

This is another beautiful reblooming variety. This variety will bloom in the spring and again in the summer and fall. The double purple flowers are a shade of pure purple flowers with pretty ruffled edges. The foliage is a glossy deep green that will last throughout all of the seasons, even when the flowers are not in bloom.

This would be a beautiful statement plant to position near your front door where the flower won’t be missed. Unlike other azaleas that will not have flowers all year, ‘Perfecto Mundo Double Purple’ will bloom for you all year leaving no bloom gaps in your yard.

‘Perfecto Mundo Double White’

A close-up of a flowering Perfecto Mundo Double White azalea bush. The flowers are large, double, funnel-shaped, consisting of several layers of white, rounded, slightly wavy petals, with light green throats. The leaves are dark green, pubescent.
This variety blooms from spring to frost with magnificent white double flowers with a light green throat.
plant-type plant type Evergreen Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors White
height height 3 feet high, 4 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

Similar to ‘Perfecto Mundo Double Purple’, this white variety will bloom on and off from spring until the first frost hits. This variety is adorned with beautiful white double flowers, with a light green or yellow throat. The foliage is an attractive shiny green that will keep its color all year without any significant fall interest.

Try planting this double flowered azalea in containers. It is just tall enough to perform as a thriller in a mixed container or to serve as a stunning solo plant in a large container.

‘Raspberry Sundae’

Raspberry Sundae Variety Blooming with Pink Flowers. The flowers are a lighter pink, blooming with touches of white on the inner petals. In the background is dark green foliage of the plant.
This variety has delicate pink blooms.
plant-type plant type Evergreen Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 3 feet high, 3 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

‘Raspberry Sundae’ is a beautiful pink, reblooming azalea. This variety of azalea will bloom in the spring, and again in the summertime. The flowers are a true raspberry pink, and are double providing plenty of pretty petals on your small shrub. ‘Raspberry Sundae’ is an evergreen shrub, and will maintain its green foliage all year long.

Use this azalea variety in containers or throughout your perennial beds for a nice pop of bright color.

‘Rosebud’

A close-up shot of a blooming Rosebud azalea flower against a blurred background of a blooming bush in a garden in the sun. The flower is large, double, lilac-pink, reminiscent of a rosebud. Some buds haven't bloomed yet. The leaves are bright green, elliptical, and pubescent.
This is an incredibly beautiful azalea that blooms with pure pink double flowers.
plant-type plant type Evergreen Shrub
bloom-colors bloom colors Pink
height height 3 feet high, 4 feet wide
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

‘Rosebud’ is a stunning azalea that has a prolific bloom of pure pink flowers. These flowers are double, and when they are unfurling they look like true rosebuds. The foliage is evergreen and a matte shade of green.

‘Rosebud’ is known to be a slow grower. The good news here is that it stays very neat while it is growing and you will not need to do much pruning in terms of shaping. The bad news is you will have to wait for this beauty to grow to its fullest potential. These blossoms are worth the wait.

Final Thoughts

Dwarf azaleas will thrive in partial to full sun, variety dependent! These shrubs are still shallow rooters and will need to be watered regularly while they are getting established in your yard. I hope that one of these dwarf azaleas will fill your small gardening needs. Whether it is in a container, or in a small garden these azaleas will not let you down!

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