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Saturday, 11 April 2009

Which Camelia to Choose?

You don’t have to walk far in many parts of London to see just how well camellias thrive in pots. Given some light shade, a little bit of shelter and an ericaceous compost, they smother themselves in bloom from early to late spring.

If you look more closely, you may have noticed that some camellias hold on to their flowers until they turn brown while others shed their coloured petals everywhere once the blooms mature.
There are lots of different camellias but the ones you see in London gardens are nearly always varieties of the Japanese camellia (Camellia japonica) or one of the Camellia x williamsii hybrids. The former hold on to their dead blooms, the later drop their petals.

Which to choose? I would always go for the one that looks without the need for deadheading. But, if you have a bad back or don’t like sweeping, the Japanese types may be your taste.

Written By Alistair Ayres

(Little Green Space have used Camelia for several corporate projects and found them to be very popular).

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