Camellia pot display

Do it:

Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Apr, May

This single plant will give you delightful spring colour and its glossy, deep green foliage looks impressive all year round, even when it's not in flower. Place it in a shaded, sheltered position in view of the house so you can always enjoy the display. Buying a camellia in flower lets you choose exactly the colour you want for your patio show-stopper.

You will need

  • Compact camellia, e.g. 'Tom Thumb', 'Anticipation' or 'Black Lace'
  • Large, deep pot, 30-35cm diameter, with drainage holes
  • Crocks
  • Ericaceous, loam-based compost

Advertisement

Before you start, water the camellia thoroughly in its original pot. Ensure the roots are fully saturated and allow to drain. As this is a heavy, permanent container display, move your pot to its final position before planting it up.

Make sure there are plenty of holes in the base of your pot and add crock shards to improve drainage. Fill your pot about two-thirds full with ericaceous compost, leaving enough room for your plant.

Make a hollow in the compost big enough for your camellia's rootball and place it in the pot.

Position the plant centrally in the pot with the top of its rootball about 5cm below the rim. Fill in around the roots with compost and push down with your fingers. Water well and allow to drain.

Advertisement

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Protect camellia buds and early blooms if frost is forecast – it’s devastating if they become damaged by cold weather. It’s easy to do – just move the pot to a sheltered spot and cover it with fleece until conditions improve.

Discover more ideas and inspiration

Related content

Herb pot for vegetable dishes

Box and osteospermum pot display

Geranium, nemesia and petunia hanging basket

Related offers

Offer

Farmer Gracy 15% off begonia tubers

Save 15% on begonia

Save 15 per cent on entire range of begonia tubers. These colourful flowering plants are suitable for both indoor and outdoor planting. Buy now and your tubers will arrive in March 2018 ready for spring planting.

Use code: BBCGWBEG15

Order now

Offer

Save £10 on cyclamen

Save £10 when you buy six autumn-flowering, hardy Cyclamen hederifolium for just £19.99 at Blooming Direct. You'll get three pink and three white established, potted plants.

Order now

SAVE 20%

Farmer Gracy 20 per cent off Crocosmia

Save 20% on crocosmia

Enjoy vibrant colour in the garden summer after summer with savings on crocosmia. You'll save 20 per cent on crocosmia corms when you order now. Corms will be delivered in March 2018 ready for spring planting.

Use code: BBCGWCRO20

Order now