|Rosy Pink has big showy flowers with a sweet scent|
|Big, fat buds ready to welcome Spring|
|the flowers bloom on nearly naked stems|
Lucky for me I had just the right spot on a small slope, just above the Ozark witch hazel. Earlier in the year, I had dug out the native soil, mixed in compost and a special acid plant woodland mix in order to plant three small Leucothoe axillaris 'Sarah's Choice'.
I planted Rosy Pink with care in the moist, well draining soil and waited for her to bloom.
Slowly the buds swelled and then they opened, a few at a time and then the entire shrub was covered in stunning rose pink flowers.
|Pollinated by hawkmoths, butterflies and migrating hummingbirds|
Rose Pink is so worth the effort to keep her thriving in this garden.
PS More Pinxterbloom azalea facts
- Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8
- Slow growing, may colonize by stolons
- Drought tolerant
- Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil, but will grow in sandy soil; does best with half day of sun
- 4 to 6 feet x 4 to 6 feet a low spreading, much branched
- flower color varies from pink to white and has been described as cotton candy colored pink. flower color but often is cotton candy pink to white
- flowers before leaves emerge
- some are fragrant
- hummingbirds, moths and butterfly pollinated
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone." She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.