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Azaleas bring glorious blossoms to the spring garden, but their vivid colors can sometimes clash with other plants in the landscape. Girard’s Pleasant White Azalea goes with everything. As bright and clean as freshly fallen snow, its frosty white blooms lend a look of understated elegance to your beds and borders. Green and white, sophisticated and serene. Pleasant White’s rich green foliage and tight branching habit make for a sharp-looking Accent when out of bloom, too. It is sublime when planted en masse and makes a superb low hedge.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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Girard’s Pleasant White 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 Pleasant White is one of the best. It was introduced in 1966.
Girard’s Pleasant White Azalea is one of the best Azaleas on the market when it comes to holding onto its leaves in the winter, particularly in colder climates. It is certainly the best white form for those who live north of the Mason-Dixon Line and wish for greenery all year.
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 Pleasant White Azalea immediately after blooming, as next year’s flower buds are formed in summer.
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