Garden Thoughts for December
I've been asked recently by two different people for a
(This makes a great alternative to flowers for other occasions
too, such as on the birth of a new baby. It can be a challenge
to find pink
My friend needed a shrub that would be in bloom in mid November, and I was able to suggest one of my favourite plants - Camellia sasanqua. Most of us are familiar with the spring blooming camellia - Camellia japonica. Some love it for the waxy rose-like flowers that cover the shiny evergreen leaves. Others despise it for the way the flowers age to an icky brown and cover the ground like used kleenex when they drop, especially if hit with a late frost.
is the fall blooming camellia, and with it you get the best of
both worlds. The shrub carries the usual glossy dark green leaves
I'm told that C. sasanqua is grown as a hedging plant in Australia. It'll get to 6-8' pretty quickly, but it takes to pruning quite happily, so can be kept to an attractive shape. It tends to be a bit more open and natural looking than the spring camellia, but maybe that's just because so many of those are pruned into puffballs.
I hope this gives you some ideas for next year's garden, and perhaps even some inspiration for holiday shopping.