Synopses & Reviews
Other than a few Asiatic and one European species, North America is home to all the deciduous azaleas, members of the genus Rhododendron. There are native American azaleas suitable for a wide variety of garden environments. Gardeners interested in knowing more about these attractive, usually fragrant shrubs will discover here the diversity to be found in the species and will learn about recent trends in cultivation, selection, and hybridization. American azaleas are not used as much as they should be in gardens and in landscaping, even in areas where the plants are native and are common along roadsides. The author offers expert recommendations on all the horticultural aspects important for growing these colorful shrubs, including siting, soil preparation, and companion plantings. His coverage of the native species and the cultivars is comprehensive and up to date. The book provides all that the reader needs to enjoy the year-round pleasures offered by American azaleas.
"Towe provides a handy list of growers, as well as the names of plant societies devoted to azaleas. Altogether a useful and much-needed book on a group of native plants that deserve to be better known."—John Van de Water, Newark Star-Ledger, April 11, 2005 John Van de Water
"It may come as a surprise to learn that there are actually 15 native azalea species and more than 100 hybrids and cultivated varieties. ... You'll find them all in 'American Azaleas.'"—John Van de Water, Newark Star-Ledger, April 10, 2005 Newark Star-Ledger
"Towe ... provides the reader with not only the basics of growing them successfully, but with the more technical aspects of their culture, including propagation."—Richard Churchill, People Places Plants, Spring 2005
Did you know that North America is home to almost all the deciduous azaleas? These usually fragrant shrubs are quite suitable for a wide variety of garden environments. Contains all the horticultural aspects a gardener needs.
About the Author
For more than 25 years L. Clarence Towe, a retired educator from South Carolina, has observed American azaleas in their native habitats. More recently, he has introduced many new azalea cultivars into circulation. In addition to this book, he shares his enthusiasm for these plants in articles for the Journal of the American Rhododendron Society and lectures about them.