Japanese andromedas are useful in shrub borders or as foundation plantings around the home. They are at home wherever rhododendrons and azaleas grow, and can be planted among them to excellent effect. They are good for woodland settings. Its small leaves and small-mounded shape suit `Bisbee Dwarf' for low hedging. The foot tall, mounded `Yakusimana' is ideal for rock gardens.
Andromedas do well in containers on porches and patios that have some shade in the heat of the day. The container must be at least 2 1/2 feet in diameter and 2 feet deep. Fill it with a commercial soiless mix that is light and sterile to protect the shrub from disease organisms. Add to it some granular slow release fertilizer designed for acid loving plants, according to directions on the package labels. Do not allow the soil to dry out, a common problem with containers.