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19/02/2013 at 18:15

I have found a camellia that will go in my family border. It will go in a north facing border which puts it in shade nearly all day. Would it grow OK or would it need more light?

19/02/2013 at 18:51

mine grow in a fairly shady garden ,they like a lot of water in the flowering period but are prone to frost and the flowers sometimes are lost.

19/02/2013 at 18:52

It should be fine there BJay, providing you give it a good start when you plant it out & allow space for it to mature. They can be quite big shrubs ultimately so you dont want to be moving it. I assume that your soil is on the acidic side?

The main problem with them I understand is - if they are planted in an East facing border thus catching the sun first thing after a frosty night which then browns the flowers. 

Neighbour has had one in a very large tub for some years. It is actually partly East facing, more South though & next to the house/conservatory wall. J.

19/02/2013 at 19:06

plant it where the sun does not hit it before 11am in the morning otherwise you will run the risk of losing your flowers from frost bite.

19/02/2013 at 20:17
I think camellias need some sunshine in order to flower. Rosa, is there any sun there at all?
19/02/2013 at 22:15

Very little sun - next door neighbours put up a fence - not very high but enough to block the sun. It is light but shady

19/02/2013 at 22:16

We have a camellia in a border between us and our neighbour. Our side is in shade most of the day, the other side gets sun in the morning. We usually get a lovely show of flowers, but they do need a lot of water when the flower buds are forming and I feed ours once a year with an ericaceous plant food. Ours is now about 12ft tall and must be 20 yrs old. It was in a large pot but only really started to thrive when planted out in the garden, use plenty of ericaceous compost unless you have the correct soil conditions for them.

19/02/2013 at 22:21

Yes, I know about soil conditions, and watering but was concerned about light levels, 

19/02/2013 at 22:26

Our is in the middle if a mixed border, with conifers each side and doesn't get any direct sunlight on our side, and none after lunch time on the side bordering the neighbours. Will try to get a photo tomorrow. It faces due north on our side. It is quite shady but still thrives. Hope this helps.


19/02/2013 at 23:01

That does help a lot thanks.

19/02/2013 at 23:03
If light level is reasonable it may be ok. To flower well it needs to have sun to ripen the wood. A friend has a camellia in a very shady corner....lovely dark green leaves but no flowers. Suggested she moves it into the light. Rosa a camellia that doesn't flower is only half the plant, too much shade equals no flowers
20/02/2013 at 11:21

Thanks for your help. Will think a little more,but will maybe have a go. 

20/02/2013 at 15:12

A shady spot is perfect, because they are woodland plants. You have to avoid east-facing areas, because their blooms are very vulnerable to frost damage when caught by early sunshine.

20/02/2013 at 15:44

Hi Bjay.

As promised yesterday a couple of pictures of the camellia in our garden taken this afternoon.



 Buds just waiting for some better weather.

20/02/2013 at 16:14

Well I think I will give it a go. Have found one with my Grand daughters name, so will go in with a clematis  that has her Daddy's name, with a rose with her uncle's name and something with my daughters name.(loads of plants with that one) Still working on a plant with her mother's name

Those buds look nice and swollen, what colour is it?

20/02/2013 at 16:21

It a deep pink, I don't know its name. We have had it for so long I've forgotten.

It's a lovely idea having a family border, might do a bit of resarch myself into plants for our family, some are easier than others to find.

20/02/2013 at 16:32

That is certainly so. Can't find one for my name either - yet

20/02/2013 at 18:35
Rosa, using family names like that is brilliant. Sentiment should be part of a garden I think. Good luck with your garden plans
20/02/2013 at 18:46


24/02/2013 at 15:01

Thanks for all your help. Today i have ordered the Camelia from Rotherview Nurseries. Hope it's OK

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