Camellias are popular evergreen shrubs that produce a beautiful display of flowers during late winter and early spring, when little else is in flower in the garden. There are thousands of varieties to choose from, with white, pink or red flowers, which can either be single or double. Their shiny, evergreen leaves look great all year round.
Whichever variety you choose, you need to get the soil conditions right. Camellias need to grow in acidic soil. If you don’t have this type of soil in your garden, many varieties are happy growing in pots of ericaceous (acidic) compost.
Camellias also do best in a partially shaded spot in your garden, sheltered from wind.