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Great Bulbs and Perennials as Companion Plants for Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Deciduous Azaleas, Evergreen Azaleas, Lepidote Rhododendrons, Elepidote Rhododendrons

  • Deciduous Azaleas companions, Evergreen Azaleas companions, Rhododendron companions, azalea companions, Snowdrops, Hellebores, Daffodils

Azaleas and Rhododendrons, with their beautiful flowers, are one of the best-loved sights of spring. Producing a blaze of color, these popular ornamental shrubs are, however showy for only a relatively short season when in bloom. Their spectacular display can be extended by selecting species or cultivars with different blooming times or by planting companion plants for greater diversity.

Various charming flower bulbs or perennial plants work well when grown as companion plants to Rhododendrons and Azaleas. However, since most Azaleas and Rhododendrons provide colorful interest in spring, choosing bulbs or perennials with fall and winter interest would enable you to enjoy appealing and long-lasting planting combinations.

Here is a list of favorite bulbs and perennials as companion plants for your for Azaleas and Rhododendrons. 

There are many other varieties suitable for companion planting with your Azaleas and Rhododendrons, so don’t be afraid to experiment and find your own successful plant combinations! These companion plants must however be able to thrive under the same growing conditions as Azaleas and Rhododendrons.


While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 – 10
Plant TypeBulbs, Perennials, Shrubs
Plant FamilyAlliums, Aquilegia, Astilbes, Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Helleborus - Hellebores, Iris Sibirica - Siberian Irises, Muscari - Grape Hyacinths, Narcissus - Daffodils, Primula - Primroses, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
ExposurePartial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Water NeedsAverage
MaintenanceLow
Soil TypeClay, Loam, Sand
Soil PHAcid
Soil DrainageMoist but Well-Drained
CharacteristicsShowy
ToleranceRabbit
AttractsButterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rhododendrons - Azaleas

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Primula - Primroses

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Narcissus - Daffodils

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Muscari - Grape Hyacinths

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Iris Sibirica - Siberian Irises

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Helleborus - Hellebores

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Azaleas - Rhododendrons

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Astilbes

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Aquilegia

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Alliums

Guides with Rhododendrons - Azaleas

Guides with Primula - Primroses

Guides with Narcissus - Daffodils

Guides with Muscari - Grape Hyacinths

Guides with Iris Sibirica - Siberian Irises

Guides with Helleborus - Hellebores

Guides with Azaleas - Rhododendrons

Guides with Astilbes

Guides with Aquilegia

Guides with Alliums


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