Camellia plants - Wholesale Nurseries
Some of the most useful garden plants are the Camellias, and it is really only in recent years that they have made a resurgence in popularity in the UK. As wholesale growers will tell you, Camellias do not like limey soils, they need acidity, and this is where landscapers today are overcoming the 'bad rap' by preparing a little better wit soil and planting position.
Camellias are wonderful as hedging plants, excellent as flowering features in the garden and also a potted specimens, just don't use a concrete pot that releases lime.
The two species that are offered by wholesale growers are Camellia sasanqua and Camellia japonica. C. sasanqua is better suited to full sun and C.japonica is a great shade flowering plant. However in the UK both thrive in the sun in all but the warmest zones.
As for varieties, Camellias have been grown in the UK since the 1700s, literally 1000s of named cultivars are hidden away. Choose the flower form and colour that best suits your landscaping needs.
Popular Camellia varieties available from wholesale growers include.
- C x williamsii appears on many cultivars, a little hardier and they do tend to drop the old flowers a little more quickly than others. Look for 'Tiptoe' with good pink flowers and 'Mirage' with red flowers.
- Camellia japonica 'Brushfields Yellow' with its outer white petals and inner creamy yellow is a standout.
- Camellia japonica 'Volunteer' is a brilliant pink flowering variety with full anemone shaped flowers.
- Camellia japonica 'Dona Herzilla de Frietas Magalheas' has flowers that change from pink to a violet mauve, one of the best.
Camellia varieties are available for sale from the following Wholesale Growers
Deep Pool Lane, Station Road, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8AS
phone: 01276 857448
Includes: Prunus Accolade, Ama-no-gawa, Autumnalis, Autumnalis Rosea, Hillerii Spire, Kanzan, Pandora, Pissardii Nigra, Royal Burgundy, Shidare Sakura, Spring Glow, Tai Haku, Tibetica
P DAVIS NURSERIES
Moor Lane Westfield Woking Surrey GU22 9RB UK
phone: 01483 722521 fax: 014 83 756915
Includes: alpines, conifers, camellias, heathers, hederas, acers, rhododendrons, pieris, bamboo, climbers, herbaceous plants, ferns, grasses, hedging, waterside plants, ground cover plants