Camellia sasanqua 'Winter's Snowman'
- 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: October to December
- Hardiness: fully hardy
An early flowering camellia, that will produce either semi-double or anemone-form flowers (and sometimes both on the same plant), in autumn and into winter. A useful and decorative evergreen, it has an upright habit that makes it useful for smaller gardens, and as it does not get too big it can be grown in a large pot, provided you make sure it is kept well fed and watered - very handy if your soil is not naturally acidic.
- 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.
Most camellias need acid soil to do well. However the sasanquas, which flower between November and February, will tolerate good garden soil. They are found naturally in Southern Japan and have been grown in Japanese gardens for centuries as ornamentals anRead full article