Saturday, February 5, 2011


Camellias are often found in old southern gardens growing beneath grandfather oaks.  The grandfather oaks here at My Garden Path are the perfect environment for these lovely winter blooming shrubs. 

Camellia Sasanqua 'Mine-No-Yuki'

Over the past year, four camellia sasanquas were added to the path.  At first, a lone 'Shishi Gashira' was planted beneath my bedroom window in the backyard garden.  It has bloomed beautifully and been pest free.  Since my budget was very small, this was a very small plant and looked lonely and lost all by itself. 

Camellia Sasanqua 'Shishi Gashira'

This winter two more bushes have been added under the window.  Another 'Shishi Gashira' and a white ruffly blooming 'Mine-No-Yuki.'  All are small but spaced to allow them to fill in over the next few years.  They are still blooming adding a much needed shot of color to the late winter garden. 

Camellia Sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Around front, a 'Yuletide' was planted in the entryway garden this past fall.  It replaces a gardenia standard that succumbed to mealybugs.  The cheerful Christmas red blooms greeted visitors all through November, December and January.  There is one last lingering bloom even now.  Its single blooms with bright yellow centers is quite different from the full, blousy blooms of the other sasanquas.

These evergreen shrubs will help add much needed structure to the garden.  They also will add beauty with their colorful blooms during an otherwise drab time for the garden. 


  1. I enjoyed reading your camellia post. I don't grow sasanquas, only japonicas, so it was fun to see a different type. Do all of yours show their stamens? Are any of them fragrant? Your garden must look really beautiful now.

  2. Beautiful camellias, NanaK! We can't have too many camellias in our gardens, I think. Saw that ShiShi at Bok last year and was so tempted to buy it. 'Yuletide' is one of my faves.

  3. Oh Nana ~ Those are beautiful! Alas, there are no camelias in my gardens. I've never seen them down here either, maybe I've just not noticed them.

    Enjoy and thanks for sharing the beauty that you have there surrounding you.


  4. You have made me fall in love with camellias.I went out and bought two!Love them!

  5. I love the sasanqua camelias and especially their ability to tolerate some of our sun, so when I saw two on the clearance rack at Lowe's (unfortunately neither being Yuletide) for $10 each, I grabbed them, convinced I could make them survive. I was wrong. I lost them both after seeing some initial progress. Maybe - probably - my soil is not acid enough for them. Loved yours. So beautifully photographed, NanaK.

  6. Masha - I'm glad to have you stop by My Garden Path. I just popped over to your blog, and wow, such beauty in your garden.

    I have read that the Mine-No-Yuki has a fragrance, but I haven't detected it. That would be a bonus though. The Yuletide is a single bloom and the stamens are a prominent feature. The other two show their stamens upon first opening but then the ruffly petals cover them. I can't wait for these shrubs to grow larger and really put on a show.

    Floridagirl - I am noticing camellias everywhere I go these days. The japonicas around here are huge and the flowers are so large I can spot them from the car as I drive past. I think I'm through adding camellias for now, but I may have to find a spot for a japonica out front.

    FlowerLady - I think zone 9 is the southern limit for camellias, but then I thought that of roses too and you sure put that myth to rest:)

    ChrisC - What kind did you get? I want pictures. I think we both will enjoy the evergreen attribute of these plants in our gardens.

    sherryocala - My soil is definitely acidic. Years of oakleaves assure that. I'm sorry your sasanquas didn't work for you. Finding what plants are happy within our little micro-climates takes trial and error sometimes. I have had great luck with my first camellia and am hoping that means these three newer ones will also flourish. I have tried gardenias (I really love fragrance) but they always get some disease or just pine away so I'm now on the camellia kick.

  7. My Camellia buds are just now showing me some pink.

  8. Kay,
    If only I had added these years ago... alas... I'm doing it the last couple of years, too. We'll have a while to wait for height but at least they bloom when small/young.

    Yours are beautiful varieties. I know you have enjoyed them during this winter season. I stare at my neighbor's gigantic japonicas and they encourage me for what's to come in a few years.

  9. Hi Kay, One good thing that has come of our cold winters is an increase in the appreciation of these old southern plants. When I see large plants around in some older gardens, I look forward to mine even more in the future. You've chosen some nice varieties.


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