Colour up with camel­lias

ROLL OUT THE RED – OR PINK, OR WHITE – CAR­PET AND ALL BOW TO WIN­TER’S QUEEN OF THE GAR­DEN

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - September Contents -

Roll out the red – or pink, or white – car­pet for win­ter’s queen of the gar­den

The bright yel­low sta­mens of the camel­lia stand out like a glo­ri­ous, golden crown

Out of the gloom come these won­der­ful blooms, in pinks and whites and deep­est rich reds. Camel­lias rule our gar­dens in win­ter as their bright sta­mens rise like golden crowns from the mid­dle of the flurry of fab­u­lous petals.

PRETTY TOUGH

As regal as they are, camel­lias are also gra­cious in con­quest, ex­tend­ing their realm by car­pet­ing the ground with flow­ers.

They are also as tough as old boots, so there’s a place for them in ev­ery gar­den.

Put them in pots or grow as a hedge. You can top­i­arise them, es­palier them against a wall, or drape them over an ar­bour. You can even grow them as a ground cover.

And they suit ev­ery gar­den style. So if yours is Asian, French pro­vin­cial, cot­tage, for­mal or con­tem­po­rary, and whether your gar­den is shady or not, there’s a camel­lia for you.

1 the lit­tle, glossy, dark-green leaves

of Camel­lia sasan­qua make a rich back­drop to the flow­ers.

2 so hot at this time of the year.

As well as this flu­o­res­cent pink, camel­lias come in white, soft pink and reds that come with tinges of pur­ple or orange.

Brighten up a dreary win­ter with a pro­fu­sion of pret­ti­ness

small and gen­tle but very plen­ti­ful, the flow­ers of Camel­lia sasan­qua are short-lived, but it keeps pro­duc­ing new blooms un­til mid-win­ter.

Choose your camel­lia by the ar­range­ment of its petals. They can be sin­gle lay­ered, semi-dou­ble, dou­ble, and even come in the form of a pe­ony, anemone or rose.

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