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Southern Living Plant Collection & Encore Azalea Bloom at Charleston Plantation


Tara Henley
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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens plants both collections to form new summer garden.

Loxley, AL – July 23, 2012 – Plants from the Southern Living Plant Collection and Encore Azalea will extend bloom times in a new summer garden to be featured at the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens opened in the early 1870’s and has since brought tourists from around the world to view the gardens comprised of various varieties of flowers. Magnolia prides itself on having flowers that bloom year round and the new summer garden will be no exception.

Encore Azaleas are the perfect choice because they bloom not only in spring, but also summer and fall; and the annuals and perennials from the Southern Living Plant Collectionare specially selected to keep blooming through the heat and humidity of Southern summers.

“The installation of a summer garden that includes Encore Azaleas and many annuals and perennials from the Southern Living Plant Collection will extend our azalea bloom season into September, “ said Tom Johnson, Executive Director of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

As the oldest public gardens in America, Magnolia Plantation hopes to have the largest collection of azalea cultivars in the country someday. With the addition of the world’s best-selling reblooming azalea in the world, Encore Azalea, they are well on their way.

About Southern Living® Plant Collection
Southern Living® Plant Collection, first introduced in Spring 2008, provides gardeners with innovative new plants designed to solve specific landscape challenges and to excel in Southern gardens. Each plant in the collection is the result of years of plant evaluations, plant trials and research. For more information visit, www.southernlivingplants.com

About Encore® Azalea
Encore Azalea revolutionized the azalea industry. Encore Azaleas are the world’s best-selling re-blooming azaleas with rich, colorful blooms in spring, summer and fall. Encore Azaleas have 25 varieties of bloom colors and sizes to choose from and thrive equally well in partial shade or sunny locations – unlike any other azalea in the world. Find a retailer near you atwww.encoreazalea.com.