Plant of the Month - February

With the days becoming brighter flowers begin to appear in our gardens. Whether it’s the cheerful sight of spring flowering bulbs (read more about our Spring flowering bulbs range here) or colourful early season bedding such as primrose, we welcome these early signs of Spring. This month we will take a look at a particular favourite of ours, camellias.


Most varieties prefer partial or dappled shade, Camellias thrive in an acid soil. If you have thriving rhododendrons then you've got the right soil for Camellias. If your soil isn’t quite right, you can also grow camellias in containers using an ericaceous compost, we recommend John Innes Ericaceous. Camellias should be planted in a sheltered position, away from cold winds and early morning sun.


It is important to feed your camellias in early spring with an ericaceous fertiliser, such as Miracle-Gro Azalea, Camellia and Rhododendron Soluble Plant Food Ericaceous Food . Remember to check the packet for dilution rates. Excessive and late-summer feeding can also lead to bud drop so it’s important not to feed camellias later than the end of July.


Camellias in containers should be watered regularly especially in the late summer when the flower buds for the following spring are being formed. However due to East Anglia hard water we always recommend using rain water from a water butt. This will help to keep the plant looking healthy and avoid any problems relating to incorrect soil ph. Its also a great way of saving on the use of tap water.


There are a wide range of Camellia with many flower colours available, here are a few of our favourites:



Camellia Jap Lady Campbell


A reliable and well known Camellia, Lady Campbell produces large numbers of bright red double flowers from January until March contrasting nicely with the glossy deep green evergreen foliage. This is a hardy and vigorous compact Camellia, growing to just 2.5 metres, making it a good choice for gardens of all sizes and for growing in containers.








Camellia Jap Guilio Nuccio


Very large (up to 15cm) semi-double, rich deep coral pink flowers blooming in April. Very floriferous; the blooms are smaller on small plants, but as the plant matures the wonderful velvety flowers become outstandingly lush and large. Vigorous upright habit, with weeping foliage. Winner of many international awards, and considered by many as one of the finest forms of Camellia japonicas raised. Height 140-150cm in 10 years.





Camellia Jap Silver Anniversary


Pure white flowers with delicate yellow centres. The flowers are large, tightly ruffled and cover the majority of the plant at peak bloom. This handsome, evergreen shrub has glossy, bright green leaves, and is one of the most popular and easy-to-grow forms of camellia.









Camellia Jap Golden Anniversary


Camellia Golden Anniversary is an upright compact evergreen shrub with ovate glossy leathery dark green leaves. Has white to pale yellow double flowers from early to mid-spring. This variety will eventually grow up to 2m.









You can shop some of the products mentioned above here;


Miracle-Gro Azalea, Camellia and Rhododendron Soluble Plant Food Ericaceous Food


John Innes Ericaceous


Planters and Containers


Camellia Jap Golden Anniversary


Camellia Jap Silver Anniversary


Camellia Jap Guilio Nuccio


Camellia Jap Lady Campbell


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