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Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Landscaping Cape Town Landscaping

Beautiful, exotic Camellias!

One of the most rewarding shrubs to grow in your garden is the Camellia.

One of the most rewarding shrubs to grow in your garden is the Camellia. It has evergreen, glossy leaves and gorgeous flowers that will bloom from Autumn through Winter into Spring.
The colours of the flowers vary from white, bright pink and dark red. They can be planted in containers, as hedges or as a specimen shrub.
Camellias prefer the morning sun and afternoon shade, away from the heat of the midday sun, which will scorch the leaves. Soil should be slightly acidic and well-drained so the roots are kept cool.

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The Autumn flowering Camellia Sasanqua grows happily in sun or semi-shade and,
grown in a large container, will look stunning. Popular choices are ‘Crimson king’, with red flowers, ‘Setsugekka’, large white flowers, and for red blooms, ‘Sparkling Burgundy’.

For Winter flowering there is a choice of slightly smaller varieties, such as ‘Anticipation’, large crimson blooms, ‘Donation’, pink flowers or ‘Baby bear’, a dwarf, compact shrub with an abundance of tiny pink flowers.

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A good feed of slow-release fertiliser in late Spring, after flowering, will ensure plenty of flowers next season and a thin mulch of compost will keep the soil cool and damp. A light pruning if the foliage becomes too dense will allow the sun to reach central branches.

One of the largest varieties is the Camellia Japonica, which can grow to 4m x 4m. It has dark, evergreen lush leaves and the flower colours vary from white, soft or bright pink or dark red.
The Autumn flowering Camellia Sasanqua grows happily in sun or semi-shade and,

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Other smaller Camellia varieties include ‘Nitidissima’, with golden yellow flowers, ‘Lutchvensis’, which has a strong fragrance and flowers all Winter with tiny white blooms.

Camellias that flower in Spring are ‘Citation’, with large soft pink flowers, ‘Miss Tulare’, rose-red flowers and ‘Francis L’, with enormous rose-pink blooms.

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