Flowers for the winter with the essential camellias!
Camellias have their fans! This is not surprising because these shrubs are among the few to offer flowers for the winter . Beautiful flowers in this case and wonder in a small garden or balcony. How to choose and use camellias to beautify your garden in winter but also the rest of the year? Let’s discover the whole through this review of the most interesting varieties and thanks to very useful cultivation tips!
Flowers for the winter and more …
Camellias (camellia) are indispensable shrubs in a small garden or on a balcony for more than one reason. In the first place, they are particularly generous in flowers for the winter, season rather poor flowers elsewhere. In addition, this beautiful bloom lasts several weeks. But did you know that according to the varieties, camellias also bloom in autumn and until spring? Thus, with only two well-chosen shrubs, you can enjoy camellia flowers from October to May!
Their flowering is not their only asset. The very bright and evergreen foliage is just as attractive. It offers, indeed, a wonderful backdrop to the spring and summer blooms that it thus perfectly highlights.
Finally, camellias make it possible to create superb compositions when they are associated with complementary plants. So, depending on the season, do not hesitate to pair them with hellebores , tulips or daffodils , astilbes , hydrangeas , sedums or anemones from Japan . You will enjoy flowers for the winter but the show will continue throughout the year. Remember to offer your camellia the company of remarkable foliage. In this role, ferns , hostas , heucherines or sedges are perfect! (Learn more about easy plants for shade ).
Flowering variations around camellias
Among the most attractive camellias, let’s look at three species in particular. The williamsii camellias are essential to enjoy flowers for the winter. Indeed, their flowering lasts from November to April, a record of longevity! The foliage is shiny and the inflorescences 5 to 8 cm in diameter are very abundant. Unlike other species, this type of camellia loses its flowers when they are faded.
This is an aesthetic advantage since the tree maintains a clean and clean appearance at the end of flowering. The flowers vary from simple form to prominent yellow stamens to semi-double form. As for the colors, they go from white, to pearly pink and flamboyant purple pink. These camellias are best suited to partially shaded situations.
Camellias japonica (common camellias) carry flowers for winter (February) and until spring (May). Their glazed foliage is dark green and the flowers appear at the end of the branches. These are large (up to 12 cm in diameter) and take very varied forms, from the simplest to the very double with peony flowers. The shrubs of this species grow rather slowly and their flowering is declined in shades (white, pink or red). The varieties with white and pink flowers are also the most sensitive to frost.
With sasanqua camellias , you will enjoy a wonderful autumn bloom from November to February. The foliage is fine and the flowers are not very large (2 to 5 cm in diameter) but very numerous. These generally simple shapes are adorned with soft colors, white or pink. To bloom well, this category of camellias needs a lot of sun in summer. Another special feature of sasanqua camellias is their pleasant scent, which makes them precious vegetables for the garden or the balcony.
Tips for having beautiful flowers for the winter
To have healthy camellias, with beautiful flowers for the winter, it is imperative to plant them in a non-calcareous soil . If this is not possible, it is better to grow them in pots or trays. Offer them also a sheltered situation , against a wall for example. Camellias do not like to be placed in the open air or in places that are too wet. On the other hand, they can tolerate the sun provided their roots are in cool soil.
The leaves sometimes tend to turn yellow, especially when the camellia is hungry, waterlogged or lacking iron or magnesium. To avoid this, make a habit of making two fertilizer intakes in the year, in April and in July.
Last precious tip to have beautiful flowers for winter: mulching . Indeed, this technique prevents the soil from being too dry or too wet, which makes the buds fall. Finally, do not forget to remove the faded flowers of the camellias japonica and sasanqua and enjoy the show offered by these wonderful flowers for the winter!
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