The Q&A Archives: Camellias

Question: Hello, I would like to know if I can plant camellias and what type on the northside of my home. I have a flower bed there that has ligustrums and boxwoods in it now. I am trying to add some color in fall thru spring time frame to this location. The bed receives partial sun from spring to fall and almost none in winter. The bed drains very well but is against the house.

Answer: Charles,

I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question and hope it is still helpful to you. Those conditions should be fine for camellias. Just keep in mind that they often reach 6-8 feet or more in height and so don't plant them too close to the house or they may rub the eaves. Choosing smaller varieties and/or slower growing varieties will also be helpful.

Check with a local retailer who sells Monrovia plants as to which varieties they carry. They should also know the size of the varieties they sell. Check out the following web site. It has a box for you to enter your zip code and will then give you a list of local retailers that carry Monrovia plants:

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening year in 2007. Please stop in again soon!

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