Jackie French: Secrets of growing azaleas in Canberra region

By Jackie French
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:18pm, first published October 29 2014 - 1:46pm

They are as overdressed as the trophy wife whose husband buys small nations as a hobby and hasn't filled out a full and frank tax return for 50 years: pinks, mauves, whites, frills, brighter than any artist's palette. They should be totally hideous but for two mitigating factors – they bloom after the drab of deep winter and they bloom best in the semi-shade of woodland. Woodland shade means lots of green, the perfect foil for an azalea, or even 20.

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