The Autumn Carnation Encore Azalea has bright, medium pink, semi-double flowers that envelop its branches. “Semi-double” blooms mean that the flowers have two full layers of petals, twice as many as a single-blooming plant. This gives them a fluffy, rose-like appearance and enhances their eye-popping color even at a distance. The pretty blossoms are grounded in a shrub of dark green foliage which makes a nice contrast to their brilliant pink blooms. Encore Azaleas are an exciting new plant for gardeners who love color. Just like their spring blooming cousins, Encores are covered in masses of bright blooms all through the spring. However, Encore Azaleas keep the show running through the summer and even the fall. Autumn Carnation is exceptionally sun tolerant, unlike traditional azaleas that love the shade. This shrub likes the morning sun, requiring about 4-6 hours of direct sunlight for the best blooming season. It also puts up with the cold better than any other type of azalea. This evergreen shrub grows to about 4 feet tall by 4 wide so it’s perfect for planting in large groups or singly in a large container.