Azaleas are also known as Rhododendron, and dwarf azaleas are fairly easy to plant. The dwarf variety is a smaller version of this popular plant with leaves that are smaller and denser. Blooms are available in a wide variety of colors that will fit any landscaping need. Dwarf azaleas are particularly intolerant of sun and wet soils. Dwarf azaleas are susceptible to drought and will need to be watered regularly. Use caution when choosing a location, as these plants are poisonous and should not be grown where pets can chew on them.
Dwarf azaleas need a shady area and well-drained soil with a pH around 5.5. The easiest way to create this type of environment is to plant in a raised bed with soil that is equal parts soil and organics. If local soil is well drained the raised bed is not necessary. Choose a shady location and dig a shallow hole that is twice as wide as the rootball. Place a layer of gravel in the shallow hole. Unwrap the rootball and remove any nylon or other items that will not decompose. If the roots are matted cut and loosen them so they will grow outward into the soil. Place the rootball in the center of the shallow hole on top of the gravel. If the soil is well drained already simply dig a hole that is twice as wide and just as deep as the rootball.
Build up around the rootball with a mixture of one part soil to one part organics. Do not add fertilizer until the azalea is established. Once the garden bed has been completed water thoroughly. Add three inches of mulch around the plant to reduce weeds and hold moisture. Dwarf Azaleas require regular watering. When properly cared for these small shrubs will give many years of enjoyment.