Mittwoch, 13. März 2013

How to grow - Camellia

Article for Minerva Publications

During March and April at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens a glorious display of Camellias heralds the arrival of spring, particularly in the pretty woodland areas of the garden close to Sir Harold Hillier’s former home, Jermyn’s House. They certainly deserve a place in any garden with their handsome evergreen foliage and variable shades of flower colour, often white, pink and red during late winter through to spring.

Camellia 'Adolphe Audusson'
In your own garden Camellias can easily be grown in any good, lime free soil ideally enriched with leaf mould. They appreciate a west facing aspect or sheltered corner against a wall, even better a woodland situation where high trees can give them protection from frost and early morning sun. Alternatively grow them in a sunny position but pay careful attention to watering and a good surface mulch will be essential to avoid bud dropping which may occur if the plant becomes too dry. Avoid windy situations or waterlogged conditions or grow them in tubs, the cool greenhouse or conservatory.

The best time for planting out is usually September and October or in March and April and young plants may need lightly staking until they are settled in. During spring, give a good well-rotted mulch about 5cm (2in.) deep of well-rotted farmyard manure, leaf mould or lime free compost. The more adventurous gardener might prefer to propagate their own plants from cuttings taken from half ripe shoots 7.5-10cm (3-4in) long during June to August. Place them in a propagating box which has bottom heat and use a proprietary well drained cuttings compost and keep lightly shaded until the cuttings have rooted.

My Tips:
Camellias associate well with other spring flowering shrubs too such as deciduous Stachyurus praecox 3m (10ft.) which has very attractive pendulous pale yellow flowers or try evergreen Pieris with their flush of pinkish red new growth and waxy lily of the valley like flowers. Three of my favourite Camellias would include satin-pink C. ‘Barbara Hillier’, white C.‘Cornish Snow’and blood red C. ‘Adolphe Audusson’ Why not add smaller scale Narcissus bulbs mixed with a tapestry of informal ferns, Pulmonarias and Hellebores as they would help complete the picture - suitable for any garden don’t you think?


  1. Thank you for this post in English.
    It just makes everything so much better for me.

    The translations software (whichever one you use) never quite gets it right and I find I need far greater concentration to fully understand what is being said, which makes it 'hard work'
    As a matter of curiosity, where are most of your visitors located?

  2. Very interesting and thank you for sharing your knowledge.


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