Caring for Camellias, A Southern Staple in Your Lowcountry Garden

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | The Greenery, Inc.

The Lowcountry of South Carolina is abundant with flora of all shapes and sizes, including native and non-native trees, bushes, and plants. From magnolias to dogwoods to azaleas and camellias, there’s something in bloom here practically all year round. The favorite blossom of many local gardeners during the fall and winter months is the beautiful camellia. With its exotic origins in the orient, the camellia has become one of the most popular plants in the southeastern United States.

A longtime “Southern staple” in Lowcountry gardens, camellias were first introduced to our area in 1786, when André Michaux, the royal botanist for King Louis XVI of France, presented the first camellias to the Middleton family at their Ashley River plantation near Charleston. More than two hundred and thirty years since their introduction, literally hundreds of varietals have taken root in the Lowcountry.

Among the most popular varietals of camellias are “Pink Perfection” and “Debutante” as well as “Shi Shi Gashira,” and “Irrational Exuberance.” There’s also the aptly named “Winter Star,” because camellias bloom mostly in the colder months of November through March.

Camellias are fairly simple to care for: plant in rich soil in an area that gets morning sun and afternoon shade. As they mature and the canopy of leaves provides more shade to the roots, they can take increasingly more sun. Camellias thrive in ample moisture and well-drained soil. Be sure they get plenty of water when conditions are dry.

If you would like to learn more about these captivating plants, join The Greenery Garden Center and Wendy Dickes for a free presentation about camellias, a southern staple for your Lowcountry garden. Wendy will share helpful tips for keeping your camellias happy and healthy all winter long, whether they are newly planted or mature and established. Participants will also receive a 10% off discount on all Garden Center items after Wendy’s talk!

Event Details: All About Camellias!
Free event
Saturday, October 28th at 10:30am
Outdoors in the Camellia Garden
960 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island

Great variety of plants. Almost anything you need for your lawn or home. The Staff is excellent! Especially Carol their Horticulturist.

Linda G.

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