Add a Splash of Colour to your garden in February

When everything is still bare the evergreen shrub Camellia Japonica (Japanese Camellia) is already flowering. Neither the cold or the snow will stop it from flowering.

With dozens of varieties available you’ll be spoilt for choice – you can pick from Camellias in shades of pink, red, white and cream. The flowers vary in size and shapes, the single, Semi-double, anemone-form, Peony-form, Rose-form, double or formal double.

Like azaleas and rhododendrons, camellias are ericaceous plants which means they need to grow in acid or lime free soil to stay healthy. A simple soil test can be used to check your soil and composts and fertilisers can be added to make soil more acidic if necessary. Alternatively  compact varieties of Camellias grow well in large pots filled with ericaceous compost.

Top Four Popular Camellia for Pots and Borders

  • ‘Donation’ – Semi-double rose pink flowers. Upright habit and strong growing.
  • ‘Adolphe Audusson’ – Bright red flowers Strong growing
  • ‘Debbie’ – Peony-form pink flower. Upright string growing
  • ‘Lavinia Maggi ‘– Large double white flowers