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Ah, spring. The scent of Lilacs is in the air, birds are singing, trees are leafing out. In much of the East and the Northwest, Azaleas add their beautiful blossoms to this springtime revelry. Louise Gable is a particularly stunning selection that has been loved for decades. In April or May (depending on where you live), it smothers itself in a profusion of peachy pink double flowers. For most of the rest of the year (it is semi-evergreen), it’s clothed in handsome, medium-fine foliage, making it useful as a hedge or massing plant in your foundation beds or patio plantings. Lovely!
Joseph Gable, born in 1886, grew up on his family’s farm in Pennsylvania—just north of the Maryland border and 40 miles from Baltimore. After returning from World War I in 1919, Gable resumed farming, but he soon lost interest in growing potatoes and hay and developed a new passion—breeding Azaleas. He threw himself into his work, developing scores of novel plants for the public to enjoy. Between 1927 and 1972, he introduced 164 fine new Azaleas. Joe Gable introduced Louise Gable Azalea in 1930. Many believe it to be his best selection of all.
Fall color, too! Louise Gable Azalea puts on a lovely second performance when the weather turns cool. Its leaves turn red, orange, and yellow, and the show lasts a long time.
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. Of all the Azaleas on the market, Louise Gable is one of the most adaptable. It can be successfully grown in many parts of the country.
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