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