Camellias are a staple in many Southern gardens. These beauties unfold into lush, voluminous blooms with broad, glossy leaves. But despite their popularity, many Georgia gardeners overlook their less showy, fall-blooming varieties. Add color to the cooler seasons by planting fall camellias.

Sasanqua Camellias

sasanqua camilliaUnlike the common camellia, fall-blooming camellias remain relatively small, making them ideal to line house foundations, fill mailbox flower beds, and add seasonal color to the garden. Sasanqua camellias grow 10 to 12 feet, while dwarf varieties grow only 2 to 5 feet tall and wide. This gives them versatility in the fall garden. The sasanqua camellia produces delicate, airy foliage with dark, glossy leaves. Although the common camellia produces larger, showier flowers, fall camellias produce more blooms. Their springy, adaptable stems make them ideal for growing on lattices or flat on brick walls — a gardening practice known as espalier. Use camellias to create vivid vertical gardens against the house or garden shed.

How to Grow Fall Camellias

Simple, elegant, and easy to grow, camellias are an excellent choice for the fall garden.

  • Sasanqua camellias come in shades of red, pink, white, and purple
  • Plant in full sun or light shade
  • Plant in well-drained, acidic soil
  • Incorporate several inches of organic matter into beds before planting camellias
  • Protect fall camellias from early winter winds by planting them on the south or east side of the house

Introduce color back into your garden. Visit Autumn Hill Nursery for fresh fall camellias and the ground cover or perennials to pair with them.

Sasanqua Camillia Image from Flickr

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