Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Jewel of Summer
Azalea 'July Jewel' is my favorite June-July blooming azalea. It does lack one thing: fragrance, but otherwise it is a great summer shrub. The June-July blooming azaleas have smaller flowers that tend to nestle in the foliage, so the bright orange color of this hybrid is all the more important in making a display. It is vigorous, and drought-tolerant, and stays in bloom for a month in the hottest of weather; when other azaleas are wilting, this plant is as fresh and crisp as the day it opened...a keeper.