Well-loved throughout asda flowers by post in terms of undoubted beauty, this genus contains nearly 300 evergreen shrubs or small trees, as well as innumerable cultivars. They are indigenous to the mountainous regions of eastern Asia, which may yet produce new variety. Camellias have glossy, mid- to dark green, toothed leaves and bear short-stalked flowers that bloom during the colder months, many in mid-winter once the plants are semi-dormant. Significant cultivars, most adopt a formal, upright, shrubby stance, though smaller, bushy, less formal cultivars are becoming more and more popular. There are camellias for all situations, may it be a formal garden or a woodland setting. Camellia japonica is the state flower of Alabama.

Plant camellias in late autumn and winter, withholding nutrition and additional water during this time. Shaded or semi- shaded positions, acid to neutral soils, dry winters, and wet summers suit the percentage. A freely draining site and purpose-designed potting mixes are essential for each species. Propagate by grafting or from cuttings at the end of summer to winter.

Due to extensive hybridization, camellia flowers are wonderfully diverse. To make them easier to identify, gardeners have recognized a regarding flower forms, sizes, and petal markings. Flower forms are divided into single, semi-double, formal double, and informal doublethe latter categories also include peony-form and anemone-form typesand petal colors range between shades of white, pink, rose red, puce, scarlet, dark red, and purple-red. On some varieties, the stamens could be pronounced or almost invisible, with their colors ranging between yellow, white, and maybe a rarely seen but spectacular bright red. As well, some bear attractively bronzed limpid new growth, while a few are sweetly scented. It is worth remembering that some cultivars bear flowers that discolor in rough weather, especially the whites and paler shades, while a few others retain disfiguring spent blossoms. For the amateur gardener, however, camellias remain a great choice due to their abundance of blooms and bold foliage.

RIGHT:- The rich deep pink petals of Camellia sasanqua ‘Paradise Belinda’ are highlighted by the central mass of gold stamens, some of which bear tiny pink and white petaloids.

BELOW: – Superb, glossy, dark green leaves and gorgeous, shell pink, double blooms are the trademark characteristics of Camellia sasanqua ‘Jean May’.

LEFT: – Camellia sasanqua ‘Shishigashira’ bears deep rosy pink-red semi-double flowers among lush glossy plant life. This cultivar is a particularly good ground cover or espalier plant.