is a favorite camellia with cheerful red petals
and bight golden stamens.
Matthew gave our Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia garden a
stiff uppercut as it brought down a lot of large trees.
But now one month later, the fall blooming camellias are
bringing in guests: pollinating visitors like honeybees
that are relishing every moment. The bees seem to be in
ecstasy as they literally dive into a cave of pollen. Itís
not just one bee to a flower but three or four at a
fall blooming camellias and the first thought is most
likely the Camellia sasanqua. You would treasure this
plant with its deep glossy green foliage even if it
never bloomed. There are lots of varieties and each has
the ability to provide the bones or evergreen structure
needed in the home landscape.
like Pink Butterfly or Pink Serenade have colorful
flowers, reach 5 to 6 inches wide, and exhibit bright
golden stamens. Then there are bi-colored selections
like Leslie Ann and Hana Jiman that look like they were
painted by an artist brush.
you are thinking that camellias might not be cold-hardy
for you, but depending on where you live, it just might
be one of the winter series that you need. Winterís
Rose, Winterís Star and Winterís Hope are Camellia
oleifera hybrids released by the U.S. National Arboretum
and are cold hardy to zone 6b meaning they suitable as
far north as places like St. Louis and Maryland. The
Camellia oleifera commonly called teal oil camellia has
a penchant for bringing in pollinators in addition to
offering terrific cold hardiness.
there are other fall blooming camellias such as the
Camellia hiemalis or snow camellia with well-known
cultivars like Kanjiro and the award winning compact
Shishigashira. Then there is the one we consider the
ultimate Christmas camellia, Yuletide, a Camellia
vernalis hybrid selection with the truest red petals and
bright golden stamens.
years ago the camellia world was turned on its head with
the introduction of Early Autumn a true formal double
form Camellia japonica that blooms in the fall. From
September through December gardeners can enjoy the
exquisite blooms that most considered only available in
February or March depending on how cold the winter.
Early Autumn is incredibly beautiful and early making it
on my list of must have camellias for the garden.
are ideally suited for the high shade or filtered light
garden, though sasanquas can tolerate quite a bit more
sun. At the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden we have
ours with a high canopy of pine and the picturesque
castanopsis trees with almost white bark. It is a most
require fertile well-drained acidic soil and know that
even if you live in a zone like 6b or 7 consider placing
on the south to southeast side of your home or other
protected micro-climate. If you live in a colder zone,
know that they are also great in containers that can be
moved as needed for cold protection
is a great time to plant, and inventories of camellias
are normally at their highest now. Roots increase
dramatically during the cool season, allowing the plant
to really get acclimated and take off once growth
resumes in the spring.
the landscape put them in a bed versus surrounded by
turf. Try clustering three together in front of Nelly R.
Stevens or Fosters holly. For a truly exquisite look,
use in combination with the smaller Red Holly hybrids
like Festive, Robin or Little Red. These combinations
will make your woodland landscape the envy of friends
have the ability to deliver to the home landscape a
succession of blooms from September to April, there are
selections with fragrance, picturesque bark, and flowers
that will create that Kodak moment. There is no doubt
that the camellia is indeed the queen of shrubs.