13 Mar 2019
Relatively unknown and most definitely underused in winter gardens or as seasonal interest is the stunning Camellia sasanqua – the autumn flowering Camellia.
Earlier to flower than the better known Camellia japonica and x williamsii, Camellia sasanqua has the benefit of subtle, spicy, tea-scented flowers which are freely produced from late autumn to early spring.
Evergreen, glossy, dark green leaves act as a perfect foil for the buds from which emerge scented simple flowers emerge.
The frosts that often occur at this time of year do not affect the blooms at all.
Available in a mind boggling range of shapes, sizes and forms from bush, pleached, standards, panels and glorious centre piece cloud pruned plants.
• New Dawn – pink flowers
• Yuletide – single crimson flowers with prominent gold stamens
• Narcissiflora – single white flowers sometimes with a hint of pink
• Hugh Evans – single pink, fragrant flowers
• Fanny – double pale pink flowers
• Cleopatra - rosy-pink, semi-double flowers
• Maiden’s Blush – pale pink flowers
• Kanjiro – Semi-double pink flowers with red edges to the petals
• Hiryu – semi-double crimson flowers
• Felice Harris – pale pink flowers