Camellia, The Prettiest Flowering Shrub

David Hall thinks that Camellias are without doubt among the prettiest flowering shrubs and, although not native to this country, they are perfectly at home in a cool climate, enjoying dry winters and warm, wet summers.

Created by David Hall on Tuesday, 5th of April, 2016.


Camellia

Ideally Camellias should be planted in semi-shade, preferably on a sheltered site. Avoid a position that catches the early morning sun i.e. facing east as a quick early thaw is liable to damage flowers and buds.

Prepare the soil with plenty of organic matter such as leaf mould plus some grit. This is a plant that loves acidic soil, between 5.5 and 6.5pH, if your soil is any more alkaline consider growing your camellia in a container with ericaceous compost.

Watering

To ensure a fine display the following spring, Camellias need plenty of water right up until October, especially when their buds are forming in late summer.

Retain the soil's acidity by using rain rather than tap water. A water butt connected to your guttering will come in very handy if there is a drought.

Feeding and Maintenance

Although Camellias can survive cool temperatures, if we have a spell of particularly cold weather, protect the plant with fleece or bubble wrap.

A thick mulch of chipped bark or pine needles in the spring will conserve water and add acidity. 

Feed container plants with an appropriate ericaceous product early in the season such as a Miracle Gro soluable feed.

Any pruning should be done after flowering in the spring.

Choosing Your Camellia 

Choose plants at least 12-15ins tall that are well shaped, disease free, and in bud. Many different forms of camellia are available in garden centres from the single form through to the formal double form, embracing paeony, anemone and semi-double forms.

Nobillissima is a superb double white with a hint of yellow, very effective against its dark green foliage. It is also one of the earliest camellias to flower making it stand out like a beacon against the grey late winter skies.

Of the more recent hybrids I would have to recommend is 'Debbie', as well as being vigorous and upright in growth, the paeony form flowers are 4ins wide, freely produced and a glowing rose pink. It will flower every year from early March and continue through April.

 

Related Articles

How To Successfully Grow Greenhouse Plants

How To Successfully Grow Greenhouse Plants

With spring well under way, you may be considering buying a greenhouse, Andy Taylor tells you how this will increase your chances of successfully growing a wider variety of plants over a longer period of time.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Friday, 17th of March, 2017.

GardenSite's Flori Bosnigeanu Completes The Great Birmingham Run

GardenSite's Flori Bosnigeanu Completes The Great Birmingham Run

With only a few months' training under her belt, GardenSite's own Flori Bosnigeanu took part in this year's Great Birmingham Run, raising over £500 for the city's Children's Hospital.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 21st of October, 2016.

Gardensite Again Wins 'Best Online Garden Retail Buying Team' At Glee

Gardensite Again Wins 'Best Online Garden Retail Buying Team' At Glee

Repeating the success of last year, Nathan James Dodd is pleased to report that Gardensite.co.uk has again been voted as having the 'Best Online Garden Retail Buying Team' at Glee 16, the UK's most important Garden and Leisure Industry show.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 13th of September, 2016.

Hampton Court Flower Show 2016

Hampton Court Flower Show 2016

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show that opens today (5 July) has something to offer everyone, with show gardens, talks, trade stands and plenty more. Nathan James Dodd attended the Press Day and was impressed with how much there is to see.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 5th of July, 2016.

comments powered by Disqus

RSS

View RSS Feed

Author

David Hall David Hall

View Profile

Follow Us!

Recent Articles

Robert Hall Elected on the GIMA Judging Panel

Robert Hall Elected on the GIMA Judging Panel

Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 31st of March, 2017.

April Gardening Jobs

April Gardening Jobs

April, particularly if you are on holiday over Easter, is the time when gardeners, whatever their level of enthusiasm and skill, want to get into the garden. Andy Taylor looks at the gardening jobs that can be achieved this month.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Thursday, 30th of March, 2017.

April Pond Maintenance

April Pond Maintenance

With rising water temperature and kinder weather, April is a good month for pond maintenance and Dan Everton takes a look at the jobs that need to be done this month.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Thursday, 30th of March, 2017.

How To Care For Your Spring Lawn

How To Care For Your Spring Lawn

Pay attention to your lawn in the spring and Andy Taylor reckons you will receive dividends later in the year.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Wednesday, 9th of March, 2016.