Top 6 camel­lias to plant now

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Camel­lia japon­ica ‘Lit­tle Bit’

Red pe­ony-form flow­ers that look slightly frilled and fea­ture white can­dys­tripe fleck­ing are pro­duced from Fe­bru­ary/March. H: 13ft/4m.

Camel­lia japon­ica ‘Alba Plena’

Pure white for­mal dou­ble flow­ers from March to April. Geo­met­ri­cally placed petals are open and flat, like a cut di­a­mond. It’s slow grow­ing and up­right in habit. H: 13-26ft/4-8m.

Camel­lia x william­sii ‘Night Rider’

This new hy­brid from New Zealand teams very deep red, semi-dou­ble flow­ers with glossy leaves flushed with pur­ple. A good choice for train­ing against a wall or fence. H: 4ft/1.2m.

Camel­lia sasan­qua ‘Crim­son King’

(AGM) Early flow­er­ing, with large, sin­gle, scented red blooms ap­pear­ing in Oc­to­ber. A fast-grow­ing, dense, up­right shrub. H: 5-8ft/1.5-2.5m.

Camel­lia x william­sii ‘Do­na­tion’

(AGM) Large, semi-dou­ble, soft pink flow­ers from Fe­bru­ary to May. Good for grow­ing in con­tain­ers or as a hedge due to its com­pact but up­right habit. H: 13-26ft/4-8m.

Camel­lia ‘Ruby Wedding’

(AGM) Sold as both C. x william­sii and C. japon­ica, this slow grower of­fers deep, ruby-red, medium, pe­ony form flow­ers from Fe­bru­ary through to May. H: 6ft/1.8m.

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