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Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants

By dave
January 20, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite shade plants! Come on in and read how to nominate your favorites! We will later publish a final article on the top picks.

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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Jan 25, 2016 4:10 PM CST

Plants Admin

How did I neglect to start a thread for Camellias for so long? Blinking

Camellias (Camellia)

They have become the most highly appreciated plants in my garden. Although they grow and bloom in full sun here, they're equally impressive in the deepest shade. After three years of severe drought in California, my camellias still perform as well as ever, although their rhododendron cousins have suffered greatly from the drought.

I now have 8 camellia bushes I can identify by name and another dozen or so that were bought years and years ago, before I realized the importance of saving plant tags. I soon will have many more because I'll be replacing all of the drought-stricken azaleas and rhododendrons with camellias in the future.
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 26, 2016 8:17 PM CST
I love camellias, although our only one died a few years back. We had some landscaping work done and it had to be moved - I guess it was too mature to cope with the stress. I have it on my list to buy a replacement, but I haven't yet decided which type. Do you have any strong recommendation(s)?
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Jan 26, 2016 8:41 PM CST

Plants Admin

All of mine are of the japonica species. I always admire the Sasanqua camellias when I see them in nurseries, but I've somehow never bought one.

My favorites are Kramer's Supreme


and Julia Variegated


I also like all of the camellias bred at Nuccio's Nurseries. Some were hybridized by Tom Nuccio, but some of the most popular ones (Nuccio's Pearl, Nuccio's Gem, and others) were just chance seedlings, hybridized by bees.

You and I are on different continents, so the ones I recommend might not be available to you, but here's a great picture of Nuccio's Pearl that was contributed by someone from England.
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses Hostas
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cliftoncat
Jan 26, 2016 9:07 PM CST
Thanks, zuzu, they're all stunning, though I have a marginal preference for Kramer's Supreme. I'll investigate locally to see if it's available. Thank You!
Long Island, NY (Zone 6b)
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MargieNY
Jan 26, 2016 10:29 PM CST
Found the following article to be helpful:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/garden/camellias-ready-for...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos Zuzu.
Camellias are on my want plant list.
Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Jan 26, 2016 10:29 PM CST
Hello from Camellia City! This the first thread I've seen here. Was out today perusing the flush of blooms in pristine shape. They are so common here I think they get overlooked by most. I see the database does not have there flower forms with each entry but those I like are the formal flower form with it's seeming perfection of spiraling petals that give the impression of symmetry. March 1st is still Camellia Day here but we no longer have the Camellia Parade. The Capitols' Park has an old grove of Camellia trees that is quite a site if you time it right. I stopped to admire a few in my neighborhood today.
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Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento California.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Jan 26, 2016 11:30 PM CST

Plants Admin

The first thread you've seen here, Leslie? You should join us in the Pacific Coast Gardening Forum. We have a Camellia thread going there, and we also talk about camellias in other threads in that forum.

The thread "All about Camellia!" in Pacific Coast Gardening forum

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