Here at Paramount Plants we have always prized our Camellias for their elegance, impact and beautiful, often fragrant, blooms. This year we have extended our collection to include some unusual and rare specimens.
Camellias originate from the Far East where they were cultivated for centuries before being grown in Europe. They hold a highly esteemed place in Chinese and Japanese culture and art. Brought to Europe during the 18th Century with the expansion of the tea trade they became extremely popular and by the mid-1800’s they were the height of fashion in Europe and were considered to be the luxury flower, inspiring Dumas – The Lady of the Camellias and Verdi’s La Traviata. The popularity of camellias continues to this day and it’s not hard to see why. Easy to grow and maintain, their stunning displays in winter and early spring add interest to the garden precisely at a time when it’s needed most.
Being woodland plants they grow best in sheltered semi-shady positions and they prefer neutral to acid soil. If your soil isn’t acid biased – they will grow well in containers filled with ericaceous soil but must be kept watered. If space is not limited, consider creating a dedicated ericaceous soil bed, for cultivating Camellias and other acid loving shrubs such as Japanese Acers, Magnolias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons.
Camellias look particularly magnificent when grown as an evergreen screening hedge – they can grow to great heights and their dense glossy leaves screen off neighbours and unsightly views effectively with the added bonus of an exquisite spring display.
Camellias are fairly slow growing, so to create real impact it is best to buy the largest specimen that budget allows, now is an excellent time to plant.
This year we have sourced a small collection of rare Camellia trees – grown with a clear stem – these elegant specimens will look perfect for above fence screening or as a focal point in your garden. Due to the small numbers available we are selling these only via our garden centre – please contact us for more details and checkout our website for UK Nationwide delivery information.