This post, “Rosebud Azaleas” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
When the flowers on the azalea Rosebud open, they really do look like rosebuds. The flowers are doubles, almost two inches across. I bought my first one about 5 years ago. It has rosy pink blooms and has grown to about three and a half feet tall. When it does flower, it is covered with masses of blooms. It blossoms a little after all the other azaleas do. So far this year the buds are still closed tight. I have this plant in the front of the border because it has flowers that need to be seen close up to be appreciated. Everyone who see it is enthralled with the flowers, and I have even cut some flowers and put them in small vases for the house. It looks like miniature roses arrangements.
Last year I found another one at a local garden show. This one was called Amelia Rose. It is a medium purple. It is still a small plant (maybe 2 feet tall), but it is already blooming. This one, too, I have placed in the front so that it can be seen easily.
Both of these azaleas need the same growing conditions of all azaleas. Give them well-drained, acidic soil, with some afternoon shade, and they thrive. These two rosebud azaleas have become some of my favorite plants.