Camellias are old-fashioned plants with modern appeal! They have the most magnificent flowers. This, coupled with their bright green, glossy foliage, they would be a sensational specimen planting, would look prominent in a pot and make for a hot hedge! They are easy to grow and there is one available for any situation!
'Paradise Blush' is a fast growing, trouble-free, evergreen screen. Paradise camellias are hybrid camellias bred in Australia to suit Australian conditions. Plant in sunny to partly shaded position in well drained, slightly acidic soil. Prune just once a year after flowering, so as not to sacrifice the blooms.
'Sweet Emily Kate' is a beautiful new hybrid growing to 1/2 metre. It is one of the few Camellias that have delicately perfumed flowers and are displayed in June/July/Aug. It is an effective groundcover that suppresses weeds and is also suitable for hanging baskets and pots!
'Marge Miller' is an early flowering pink sasanqua with a lovely weeping habit that is perfectly suited to pots and hanging baskets.
'Slim n' Trim' is a new Camellia. It is tight and compact with the brightest lipstick pink flowers and can easily be kept to a hedge around 400mm. It also has contrasting plum-coloured autumn foliage.
Garden Bed Specimens:
• 'Desire' is a very formal japonica variety bearing white/pink blooms. Growing 2-3 metres, it is a great specimen shrub.
• 'Federation' is an Australian bred japonica in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Federation of states. It has deep pink shading to white flowers, magnificent upright growth and glossy green foliage. 200mm $30
• ‘Volunteer’ is a spectacular specimen with deep-pink flowers and the central ruffles, edged in white. It flowers profusely from May to September, growing to a height of 2m.
Feed Tip: Feed at the start of the footy season and then again at grand final time!
Mulch Tip: Once established, they are extremely tough. Feed them first then give them a good layer of mulch in spring.
• Try scattering rusty nails or steel wool around red camellias, to get more colourful flowers.
• Stimulate growth by throwing old tea leaves around the base of plants.
• Float flowers in a bowl of water to add scent and beauty to a room.
www.fiskars.com - (tools)
www.scottsaustralia.com.au - (fertiliser)
www.northcotepottery.com.au - (pots)
Rhodo Glen Nursery, The Patch, Victoria