Camellia is an evergreen, spring flowering shrub with lovely, roselike flowers in a range of beautiful colours.
Camellias are not the easiest shrub to grow, and the saying "Right plant, right place" is crucial when growing Camellias. It is essential that Camellias are grown in the correct the soil type, which is ericaceous (i.e. acid.) Camellias are one of a group of acid loving shrubs, which also includes Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Pieris, all woodland shrubs which will only thrive in acid soil.
There is a very wide range of Camellia shrubs on offer in garden centres, in many sizes and colours. The hardiness of Camellia varies from fully hardy, to slightly tender, and the latter types need winter protection. Check the label for information and also an explanation of what frost hardy means.
Camellia shrubs vary in size from 1-20 metre, most offered on line and in garden centres are medium-sized and slow growing, up to a few metres. Camellias are evergreen, the foliage is attractive and glossy, which is an additional reason to include them in a mixed border. Camellias flower in the spring, the flowers are very attractive as the images show and colours are predominantly shades of red, pink, white and occasionally yellow. There are also many variegated Camellia, as illustrated above right.
Camellia is not easy to grow, and if you are looking for something easier, or do not have acid soil check out other Spring flowering shrubs, and also evergreen shrubs for more ideas.