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.


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.