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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 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.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 10
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials, Shrubs
Genus Iris siberica, Helleborus, Narcissus, Primula, Rhododendron, Astilbe, Allium, Aquilegia, Muscari
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Wall-Side Borders, Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Hedges And Screens, Banks And Slopes
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

Favorite Bulbs and Perennials as Companion Plants for Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Don't limit yourself by considering bulbs and perennials as the only adequate companions for Rhododendrons and Azaleas

Best Shrubs as Companion Plants for Azaleas and Rhododendrons
Great Ferns as Companion Plants for Azaleas and Rhododendrons
Great Hostas as Companion Plants for 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 Type Bulbs, Perennials, Shrubs
Genus Iris siberica, Helleborus, Narcissus, Primula, Rhododendron, Astilbe, Allium, Aquilegia, Muscari
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Wall-Side Borders, Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Hedges And Screens, Banks And Slopes
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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