Normally azaleas are just a forgotten green shrub in summer but the Encore® azaleas offer color even during the hottest times of the growing season. These selections may tolerate more sun but prefer to have some shade when temperatures are hot. Provide with supplemental water if rain is lacking but make sure that soil is well drained. Remember that these are acid loving plants so if soil pH is high, plants will struggle. Since these are repeat bloomers, the best time to prune is immediately after spring bloom but you may lightly prune in the summer to manage wayward growth.