Camellias are a wonderful group of flowering plants for winter. There are thousands of varieties available with flowers in shades of white, pink and red. Some have single flowers; some have double flowers and can be 3 to 5 inches across. These plants hold their place in the landscape all year due to the glossy evergreen leaves.
Camellias grow best in moist well drained soil rich in organic matter. Prepare the soil before planting and keep the plant watered for the first year. Part shade is preferable to full sun. And don’t forget to mulch.
More information can be accessed from the American Camellia Society at americancamellias.com
The tea plant is a variety of camellia that is less available in the nursery trade because it is not as ornamental as the hybrid varieties. The flower is white, an inch across, and blooms in October. Camellia sinensis is the tea plant from which all teas are made. It is hardy in South Carolina. For information go to tablerocktea.com