Around the Gar­den

Its beau­ti­ful blooms will ring your Christ­mas chimes

Southern Living (USA) - - Contents - BY STEVE BEN­DER

A sea­sonal guide for green thumbs

THERE ISN’T A MORE WEL­COME sight in the gar­den than a shrub that flow­ers dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son. ‘Yule­tide’ camel­lia is grouped with the fall-bloom­ing sasan­qua hy­brids, but this se­lec­tion flow­ers later (usu­ally around the hol­i­days). Dozens of bril­liant red blos­soms with yel­low sta­mens dec­o­rate branches bear­ing glossy, deep green leaves. ‘Yule­tide’ is a com­pact, up­right grower, mak­ing it an ex­cel­lent choice for tight spa­ces and small gar­dens. If you want, you can shear it in spring into a hedge or tall screen. Be sure to give it full sun to light shade and moist, acid, well-drained soil. A mem­ber of our South­ern Liv­ing Plant Col­lec­tion, it grows well in USDA Zones 7 to 9.

Camel­lias per­form well in con­tain­ers. Try one by the frontdoor this year.

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