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Great Bulbs and Perennials as Companion Plants for Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Deciduous Azaleas, Evergreen Azaleas, Lepidote Rhododendrons, Elepidote Rhododendrons


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.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 10
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Alliums, Aquilegia, Astilbes, Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Helleborus - Hellebores, Iris Sibirica - Siberian Irises, Muscari - Grape Hyacinths, Narcissus - Daffodils, Primula - Primroses, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, 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
Compare All Alliums Compare All Aquilegia Compare All Astilbes Compare All Azaleas - Rhododendrons Compare All Helleborus - Hellebores Compare All Iris Sibirica - Siberian Irises Compare All Muscari - Grape Hyacinths Compare All Narcissus - Daffodils Compare All Primula - Primroses Compare All Rhododendrons - Azaleas Great Plant Combination Ideas with Alliums Great Plant Combination Ideas with Aquilegia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Astilbes Great Plant Combination Ideas with Azaleas - Rhododendrons Great Plant Combination Ideas with Helleborus - Hellebores Great Plant Combination Ideas with Iris Sibirica - Siberian Irises Great Plant Combination Ideas with Muscari - Grape Hyacinths Great Plant Combination Ideas with Narcissus - Daffodils Great Plant Combination Ideas with Primula - Primroses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rhododendrons - Azaleas Guides with Alliums Guides with Aquilegia Guides with Astilbes Guides with Azaleas - Rhododendrons Guides with Helleborus - Hellebores Guides with Iris Sibirica - Siberian Irises Guides with Muscari - Grape Hyacinths Guides with Narcissus - Daffodils Guides with Primula - Primroses Guides with Rhododendrons - Azaleas

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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
Plant Family Alliums, Aquilegia, Astilbes, Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Helleborus - Hellebores, Iris Sibirica - Siberian Irises, Muscari - Grape Hyacinths, Narcissus - Daffodils, Primula - Primroses, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, 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
Compare All Alliums Compare All Aquilegia Compare All Astilbes Compare All Azaleas - Rhododendrons Compare All Helleborus - Hellebores Compare All Iris Sibirica - Siberian Irises Compare All Muscari - Grape Hyacinths Compare All Narcissus - Daffodils Compare All Primula - Primroses Compare All Rhododendrons - Azaleas Great Plant Combination Ideas with Alliums Great Plant Combination Ideas with Aquilegia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Astilbes Great Plant Combination Ideas with Azaleas - Rhododendrons Great Plant Combination Ideas with Helleborus - Hellebores Great Plant Combination Ideas with Iris Sibirica - Siberian Irises Great Plant Combination Ideas with Muscari - Grape Hyacinths Great Plant Combination Ideas with Narcissus - Daffodils Great Plant Combination Ideas with Primula - Primroses Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rhododendrons - Azaleas Guides with Alliums Guides with Aquilegia Guides with Astilbes Guides with Azaleas - Rhododendrons Guides with Helleborus - Hellebores Guides with Iris Sibirica - Siberian Irises Guides with Muscari - Grape Hyacinths Guides with Narcissus - Daffodils Guides with Primula - Primroses Guides with Rhododendrons - Azaleas

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