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Acid-loving azaleas grow happily in pots of ericaceous compost, so you can enjoy these plants even without acid garden soil. They come in a wide range of colours, from deep red and pink to orange, yellow or pure white. Some even have a wonderful, spicy scent that will perfume your patio on a warm day.
Put a layer of crocks in the bottom of the container, then fill it two-thirds with ericaceous compost.
Plant the campanulas around the edge of the container where they'll tumble over the sides. Plant the azalea in the centre. Top up with compost, firming around the plant.
After the azalea has stopped flowering the campanulas will keep going well into summer - they'll overwinter happily in their container. Cut them back if they begin to look messy.
Azaleas hate being dry, so water them even when they're not flowering - they prefer rainwater to tap water. Give them a regular boost with ericaceous plant food.
Some azaleas are deciduous and lose their leaves in autumn, so make sure you choose an evergreen variety for year-round interest.
24/11/2011 at 15:27
I love Azaleas and this combination is great but watch out for the campanulas they seed all over the place even in my clay soil, do look lovely though and you've got them forever so thats a bonus.
24/11/2011 at 15:29
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