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Girard's Fuchsia Azalea
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Electric! Girard’s Fuchsia Azalea packs a punch with flowers that sizzle. When pleasant spring weather arrives, it’s time for this stunning Accent to shine. Gorgeous, ruffled blooms of the most shocking purple-pink color burst onto the scene. Give your foundation beds or entryway garden instant curb appeal with blooms that make an impact from the street. And when the flowers have finished, Girard’s Fuchsia Azalea offers something else for your landscape—structure. Glossy, evergreen leaves and a dense habit give this useful plant substance and style all year-long.
Girard’s Fuchsia Azalea arose near the shores of Lake Erie, about 50 miles east of Cleveland. Peter Girard, Sr. founded Girard Nurseries in Geneva, Ohio, in 1946 and soon began breeding Azaleas. His aim was to develop plants that not only looked pretty, but would thrive in northern gardens. Using Joe Gable’s hardy Azaleas as a starting point, he and his son Peter, Jr. came up with some 56 new selections, several of which have become customer favorites. Girard’s Fuchsia is one of the best. It was introduced in 1971.
Autumn color, too! Girard’s Fuchsia Azalea delivers more than just ravishing blossoms. When nights get cool, this dynamic Accent heats up. Its deep green leaves take on wine-red tones in October, and the color holds for weeks.
How to Grow
Azaleas appreciate a little pampering. They thrive when shielded from hot summer sun and given moist but well-drained, acidic soil. They never like to dry out but don’t care for soggy conditions, either. Azaleas can “burn” from harsh chemical fertilizers, so feed with a gentle organic product like Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer. Azalea lace bug can sometimes be an issue, but specimens grown in optimal conditions in most cases will remain healthy and resistant to attack. If pruning is necessary, trim your Girard’s Fuchsia Azalea immediately after blooming, as next year’s flower buds are formed in summer.
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