Japanese azaleas are very popular features of our gardens. In their home climate they grow to relatively substantial shrubs, as opposed to limited sizes in our continental, dry climate. For the most part they are maintenance free shrubs that usually bloom from mid to late spring. Girard’s Fuchsia is an eye-catching Japanese azalea with vivid magenta-pink flowers. The evergreen foliage is mid green, turning deep burgundy red in autumn and winter, changing back to green with warm days of spring. This azalea grows slowly, making a neat and compact shrub which will remain dense even without pruning.