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I have a very small garden (5X5m) with 2 meters fences. In the North/East corner, i was thinking of putting a camelia in a pot (for the acidity of the soil). I know that flowers may be damaged in east facing situations from the effects of early morning sunshine following frost. However, can you recommend a species that would be more resistant in this situation. I read that williamsii were more resistant in the North/East situation than Japonica. Any other tips.
If you have any other suggestion for an evergreen plant that will strive in a North/East corner, please, do not hesitate :)

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  • Posted: Thu. 14th February 2008 16:58

Choosing a Camellia

Reply from Kathy C

Hi! A Camellia is a great choice to add colour to a small garden in winter. It is a general rule that straight species C. x williamsii is hardier than C. japonica, but thankfully, there are numerous cultivars of both available on the market that are fully hardy. A number of choices suitable for a north-east corner AND a container are:
Camellia x williamsii 'Anticipation'
Camellia x williamsii 'Bowen Bryant' - double, pink
Camellia x williamsii 'Brigadoon'
Camellia x williamsii 'China Clay' - double, white
Camellia x williamsii 'Daintiness'
Camellia x williamsii 'Elegant Beauty'
Camellia x williamsii 'George Blandford'
Camellia x williamsii 'Water Lily' - pink
Camellia 'Black Lace' - pink, dark green leaves
Camellia 'Freedom Bell' - red
Camellia japonica 'Akashigata' - pale pink
Camellia japonica 'Apple Blossom' - white
Camellia japonica 'Bob Hope' - deep red-pink
Camellia japonica 'Doctor Tinsley' - double white
Camellia japonica 'Gloire de Nantes' - doule pink
Camellia japonica 'Grand Slam' - red
Camellia japonica 'Hagoromo'
Camellia japonica 'Lavinia Maggi' - double, pale pink
Camellia japonica 'Mercury' - deep rose-pink
Camellia japonica 'Rubescens Major'
Camellia japonica 'Scentsation'
Camellia sasanqua 'Crimson King'
Camellia sasanqua 'Jean May' double, pale pink
All of these have AGMs so have proven themselves! A long list, but hopefully helpful.
If you decide to try something other than a Camellia, any cultivar of Ilex x meserveae is a great choice - dark green leaves, berries(if you have a male and female), acid-loving and compact. Or, you can choose a reliable stand-by with Skimmia japonica - evergreen, hardy, flowers and great berries - 'Nymans' is a good cultivar to use.
Let me know what you decide!

  • Posted: Fri. 15th February 2008 12:12


Reply from caroline Vincent

Thanks a lot Kathy for the advices. At the end, I chose a Skimmia japonica as you suggested. I chose the Rubella one. it grows in the shade. I liked the fact that it has pink "flowers" starting at the begining of the winter and finished with white flowers in March. It will bring colors to the garden during the winter.
Thanks again

  • Posted: Sat. 16th February 2008 15:52