Camellia growers know healthy, beautiful plants start at the roots. .
Evergreen, drought tolerant once established, offering blooms from late fall through early spring; camellias are available in many shapes, sizes and colors. There are even fragrant varieties, such as Pink Yuletide, an exclusive pink sport of the popular red Yuletide. Easy to grow outdoors in zone 7 to 10, they can spread in front of flower beds, define spaces as tall background shrubs, form decorative displays on trellises for decks or patios or serve as specimen focal points in landscapes. Nuccio’s Bella Rosa offers an abundance of brilliant crimson flowers with tightly packed petals radiating from the center. Even when not in bloom, its glossy dark green foliage adds to the landscape quality in any garden.
Camellias are excellent in containers too. For your smaller spaces, Fairy Blush is a great choice, growing only to 4 to 5 feet tall and wide. It’s a perfect container choice for patios and courtyards where you can enjoy its delicate fragrance during the winter months.Marge Miller TM is an ideal choice not only for containers, but is a gorgeous addition to retaining walls or even hanging baskets. While its soft pink flowers make it beautiful, it’s unique prostrate habit make it an eye-catching addition. When trained on a stake or wall, it will cascade down for a lovely, weeping shape.
Gardeners in colder climates can also enjoy camellias with the introduction of the Ice Angels® series, among the most cold hardy camellias available, to minus 10 degrees.April Remembered with its soft pink open blooms, Springs Promise, a vivid red bloomer with contrasting gold stamens, and Winter’s Snowman, forming pink buds that open to white and wine red colored new leaves add a touch of color and grace to zone 6 winter gardens.
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Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Pruning time: winter or spring after flowering.
Camellia makes a striking shrub as a single focal point anywhere in the landscape. It is particularly beautiful near the front door where visitors can appreciate flowers at close range. Use in a protected place in the garden, such as an east facing entryway, and be rewarded with handsome evergreen foliage and mid to late season white flowers. Both the blooms and foliage are fine additions to indoor winter cut flower arrangements. Beautiful as a foundation plant, in a container or as part of a Zen tranquility garden. Great as an espalier to cover walls.
The outstanding, formal blooms on this Camellia pair best with other garden classics such as Boxwood hedges, Juniper topiaries, as well as fragrant Gardenias. To stay true to its Asian heritage, plant with Azalea, Heavenly Bamboo, Japanese Maple, Fern, Dogwood and Rhododendron. For those shady beds close to your outdoor patios, create a moonlight garden with white blooming Astilbe, Hydrangea, and Clematis. Provide some filtered shade with small stature, white blooming trees like Apple Serviceberry, and Magnolia.
Camellias are closely related to the tea camellia that gives its family the name, Theaceae. The genus was named for a Jesuit missionary, Georg Kamel, who first cultivated these plants in the Philippine islands in the 17th century. However, Camellia japonica is native to Japan, Korea and Taiwan, imported into the Philippines long before Kamel’s time. The plants did not bloom in England until 1815 with Alba Plena among the earliest cultivars that may have arrived at Kew in its original form or was among the early crosses. It remains the gold standard for all double white camellias and has stood the test of time. Red camellias are a symbol of wealth and white Camellias signify loveliness. Camellias represent longevity and faithfulness and have long been a primary floral component in Asian weddings.