Camellia japonica 'Matterhorn'
- Position: partial shade (but not east-facing)
- Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil (or ericaceous compost for container-grown specimens)
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: March to April
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Magnificent formal double white flowers weight the gently arching branches down when they appear in spring. The lustrous green leaves of this shrub are held throughout the year, so they will provide interest throughout the year. It is when the flowers appear though, that it really stands out. Use it to light up partially shaded border and if there is room, underplant with spring flowering bulbs for a double display.
Garden care: To prevent damage to the emerging buds and flowers protect from cold, dry winds and early morning sun. Water established plants in dry weather to prevent bud drop. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser in mid-spring and again in June. Top-dress annually with shredded bark or well-rotted leaf mould. After flowering lightly trim or prune any branches that spoil the appearance of the plant.