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Azalea Royal Command

Deciduous Azalea

Beautiful spring flowers and autumn foliage

Royal Command has masses of eye-catching bright reddish-orange funnel shaped flowers in mid-spring and attractive autumn leaf colour before they fall, adding an extra season of interest.

Where?

Ideal for adding a splash of colour to a border, it suits a formal or informal garden and also looks good in a woodland style setting. Happy in either full sun or part shade.

How?

An acid loving plant that needs a lime-free soil, or create a raised bed and fill with ericaceous compost specially formulated for acid loving plants. Remove faded flowers to keep tidy.

Bred at Exbury Gardens in Hampshire.

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Rhododendron
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - July
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 150 cm - 200 cm
Plant width 155 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 120 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. If planting in a bed or border test the soil to establish its pH. If the soil is too alkali it is best to grow your plant in a container. In either case prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig ericaceous compost into the base of the hole, if planting in a container use ericaceous compost to fill the pot. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From February to July