Often described as queen of the winter flowers, while the rest of your garden lies dormant, Camellias offer colour and a majestic presence to your plot through the colder months. A gorgeous evergreen if ever there was one, whether planting in October or in spring, they are a splendid sight to behold.
They are best established this time of year before soil has a chance to get too cold. Planting in warm moist soil will help their roots to establish similar conditions to their Chinese origins. Position in partial shade, out of the way from cold winds and bright morning sun.
Once roots have set in, species such as Camellia sasanqua will flourish in full sun. Often growing well in pots, they make for a great container plant. Always make sure not to over water to avoid root rot and instead give your Camellia water when the soil starts to feel dry, allowing it to fully reach the roots.