My neighbor has a whole hedge of azaleas along the sidewalk:
For all other times of the year, these shrubs are rather ordinary. But for the few weeks they are in bloom, it's a show stopper along the street. I love the how the different color blooms mesh together in this informal hedge, like a painter's palette at the end of a painting session.
Personally, I like the informal look to these shrubs rather than the perfectly sheared forms. Here are a few examples of those:
Azaleas should be pruned immediately after flowering which will allow for new leaf growth and return to natural form before it sets its new buds for next year. Waiting three months or later after bloom may sacrifice next years blooms.
Here is another example of the natural beauty of this shrub. Here, the yellow, red and purple azaleas flank the winding stone path, as if to lead us to a woodland retreat.
So which do you like? The informal woodland hedge or the sheared gumball shaped shrub? Share in the comment section below!