Camellias to colour your world

Jackie French
By Jackie French
July 23 2022 - 7:30pm
Japonica camellias are slower growing and do best in dappled shade. Picture: Shutterstock

Luckily for the slightly accidental beauty of our garden, someone else chose most of our camellia varieties when I planted them about 20 years ago. One of the lessons in camellia lore I'd picked up from my paternal grandmother is that camellias look most spectacular grown en masse - plant at least half a dozen of the same colour and shape together. The local nursery didn't have six of the same variety in stock so Clare, the owner, promised to pick up half a dozen identical camellias for me next time she was in Sydney.

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Jackie French

Jackie French

Canberra Times columnist

Jackie French is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honourary wombat (part time), 2014-2015 Australian Children' Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. She also writes a gardening column for The Canberra Times.