|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.