For a wild and free holiday touch to your porch, try potting camellia into medium or tall box planters, then adding a layer of rich green around the base with peat moss. The pinkish red tones of the flowers will add a romantic vibe to your holiday setup.
Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’, with its blush-pink blooms, is a good choice for winter color if you live in a mild region of the U.S. It's an evergreen, hardy in USDA zones 8 to 10, but its flower buds can be damaged by the cold. Grow the plants in filtered sun.
Camellias steal the show when they burst into bloom, and Pink Perplexion is no exception. This is a sasanqua camellia, known for its small leaves and ability to grow well in containers and landscape beds. Pink flowers up to 3 inches across cover this beauty in fall. Those pink blooms boast a color that defies description, which is why it’s called Pink Perplexion. Give it a spot in part shade to full sun with acidic soil. Plants grow 4 to 5 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 7-9. Good to know: Sansanqua camellias take well to pruning and shearing. Best timing is after flowering, in spring, before new flower buds form on stems in summer.
No matter what makes someone cherish a plant, for it to remain a garden favorite it must tolerate a wide range of soils and climates. The bright red berries of heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica), the large winter flowers of Camellia japonica ‘Pink Perfection’, and the fragrant stems of paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta) are from plants grown at my family home place for over 75 years with no care at all. And they have been shared from cuttings and divided clumps and bulbs throughout our whole family.
Camellia shrubs blend beautiful blooms with tough evergreen leaves. October Magic Ruby Camellia sasanqua (Camellia sasanqua ‘Green 02-003’) flowers heavily in fall opening small, Christmas-red, fully double blossoms. Plants grow in full sun to part shade, reaching 3-4 feet high and 4-5 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 7-9.
A lively orange-and-cream camellia-motif Tibetan rug warms this living room while complementing the white oak hardwood flooring. Cerused oak benches act as coffee tables, and electronically controlled baffles on the ceiling help shade the room.
"This is a kind of typical Charleston garden," says Peggy Rash, filled with classic Southern plants like crape myrtle, camellias, sweet bay magnolia, azaleas and tea olive as well as pittosporum, boxwoods and Italian cypress.
This contemporary backyard uses crisp, geometric shapes and angles to create a clean, simple, uncluttered feel. A Japanese yew and boxwood hedge with Camellia sasanqua and Japanese blueberry plants are a just-right touch of nature.
The landscape designer for this home strived to plan garden beds that would be attractive year-round. Even in winter, plants such as Limelight Hydrangeas and multi-blooming sasanqua camellias that bloom from November to February, keep the landscape beautiful.
Who needs a big yard with a beautiful park and lake across the street? Instead, this Pinewood Forest Idea Home features a clever, mini-English garden with camellias, peonies and a rustic obelisk in the distance.