We moved into a house last fall…I did notice these nice shrubs, and thought they were azaleas, but they never bloomed in the spring..well, NOW they are blooming! (late August) I did read that the reason is incorrect pruning. Will they always bloom this time of year, or can I prune them the CORRECT way to have them bloom in the spring? I really don’t mind them blooming now if that’s the case. Thank you for your help!
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Your azalea is probably a late-season variety. There are varieties that bloom in early spring, those that bloom in summer and some that bloom in late summer, so this may not be a pruning issue at all.
Is it possible it is not an azalea? Another late summer bloomer is glossy abelia, which is a broadleaf evergreen in zones 6 and up.
Here's what you need to know about pruning azaleas: