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Camellias

Camellias

A firm favourite in many gardens, discover many types of camellia plants for sale at Primrose. Fill your garden with flowers in shades of pink and white and enjoy this iconic bloom at home.

One of the most classic ornamental shrubs, Camellias are the perfect plant for adding an ornate touch to your garden with their large, rose-like flowers and handsome foliage. They are especially great for growing in pots too. Part of the Theaceae genus (or tea family), Camellias can live for as long as a century, and many, such as Camellia japonica 'Nagasaki', are evergreen.


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Winter

Add a splash of colour in the winter months with our cold season flowering camellias varieties.

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Spring

Our wide selection of spring flowering camellias, available in a range of pot sizes and colours.

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  • Find camellia plants online today

    Camellias are of unique importance to the British, providing us with the tea plant and its fantastic ornamental cousins. Among the first to colour up, ornamental camellias will produce large intricate blooms starting in winter.

    At Primrose, we stock a large range of camellia plants so you can brighten up your garden with this stunning bloom. There are many varieties on offer, from the ever-popular Japonica to the Williamsii, so you can find the right choice for your garden.

    We also have a great choice of ornamental shrubs to complement your camellia.

  • Where is the best place to plant camellias?

    Camellia flowers can be grown in borders and beds, as well as in pots and containers. Generally, most camellias will prefer partial shade, although some varieties thrive in sunnier spots so make sure to check for your specific plants. Always make sure your Camellia plants are protected from cold winds and early morning sun.

    Unsuitable for growing in chalky alkali soils, camellias will fail to absorb adequate nutrients. To correct this, we recommend you use acidic compost and fertiliser, mix pine needles into your mulch and water with rainwater.

  • What month do camellias flower?

    Evergreen camellia bushes usually flower in late winter or early spring. This may vary depending on the variety you plant.

  • Discover more about the camellia plant’s history

    Camellias were named by Carl Linneas after Georg Joseph Kamel, a Jesuit missionary who provided ample accounts of Philippine flora.

    Originating from Asia, the tea plant Camellia sinensis was first introduced to Europe in the 16th century by the Dutch. Proving popular among the rich, tea remained a luxury good and it wasn't until the late 19th century it was consumed by all levels of society.

    Ornamental camellia flowers were introduced in the 18th century with the first grown at Thorndon Hall by Robert James, a renowned horticulturist and British peer. Considered exotic, and therefore suitable for hot, humid climates, camellias were originally grown in the hot houses, where they quickly died.

    Exploding in popularity with the expansion of the tea trade, dozens of new species were bought in and it became common for the rich to establish camellia houses. Although fading in popularity due to the rise of orchids, camellias were revived after World War 1 due to their suitability to temperate climates.

    Browse our complete range of plants online today and find great prices with Primrose.