Azaleas are one of the most popular garden plants, and spring is the time they look their best, with a spectacular flower display. There are thousands of varieties of Azaleas available, ranging from tall growing "Indica" varieties to smaller dwarf varieties. The Kurume Azalea is a small to medium growing-height Azalea. It has compact growth, and small "hose-in-hose" flowers, meaning one flower inside another, sort of like a double flower.
The Kurume Azaleas are available in several colours, including the well known pinks and white varieties. There plants prefer a well drained, slightly acid soil, and a semi-shaded position out of the hot sun. They are best suited to a cool-temperate to warm-temperate climate, and you can plant these Azaleas in pots or in the garden. They are endemic to several asian countries including China and Japan.
I took these photos in Sydney's Northern suburbs where these Azaleas are now in full flower.