Q: My home has azaleas as foundation plants that are overgrown, totally covering the windows. Visitors tell me ‘I’d better do something about those azaleas’. What is the best thing to do?
A: The best option is to cut them back to 24 inches high in November and then transplant them all to a better spot. Otherwise you’ll be back to the same overgrown state in a few years. Consider planting satsuki hybrid azaleas or one of the low-growing Encore ™ varieties. Be sure to add lots of organic matter to the soil before planting.