The most popular camellias grown in garden are sasanquas, which flower from late summer to early winter and japonicas, which flower from winter to early spring.
Camellias are evergreen shrubs grown for their beautiful flowers, which are pink, red or white and may be single or double. Camellias are an excellent choice for evergreen hedges or screens, topiary specimens or as feature plants for winter flowers.
Aspect Camellias need a lightly shaded to sunny location. Ideally they prefer morning sun with afternoon shade especially in hot climates and will grow under the dappled shade of trees. Sasanqua camellias are more tolerant of full sun than other species.
Soil Camellias grow in a wide range of soils but grow best in a slightly acid soil pH (around 5.5-6) that is ideally deep, moisture retentive. Before planting add home-made compost and organic matter and/or Seasol Super Compost. In areas with alkaline soil, grow camellias in large containers with a Premium potting mix such as Seasol Advanced Potting Mix.
Climate Although most camellias are subtropical to temperate plants, they grow in all climates. In cold areas, they need protection from cold winds, frosts, and snow. Frosts can damage flowers.