There is no doubt, Camellia Donation is the best Camellia for growing in Scotland
As a gardener I naturally find interest in most plants, a number of them we just have to find a spot for, Camellias come into this category.
If living in Aberdeen you think the weather is too cold for this beautiful shrub try Donation or any of the other Williamsii hybrids, they are the result of a cross of C. saluenensis x C. japonica produced by J C Williams in the 1930s.
Their leaves are smaller and tougher and they are remarkably hardy even in the north east of Scotland.
Williamsii hybrids produce an abundance of flowers, even in our cooler climate and are more successful than C. japonica in the Northern areas of the UK.They are also popular as their flowers tend to drop neatly as soon as they are over unlike some other Camellias which need dead-heading.
Possibly the most popular of all Camellias is Donation, a vigorous compact upright evergreen shrub, with luxuriant rich green foliage and large, semi-double, orchid pink flowers in April/May. Prefers a sheltered position with well-drained lime free soil.
Here are a few of the other Williamsii Camellias.
Camellia Bow Bells
Camellia Carolyn Williams
Camellia Elegant Beauty
.Recent trials from the experts at Glendoick garden centre have named three Williamsii Camellias as being the most floriferous in Scotland. (Donation) (Anticipation) (Brigadoon)
The Camellia Donation flowers very well in the woodland area of our garden. Updating this post several years after publishing, I discover that the picture of the woodland area is taken at a position which does not show the Camellia, lot of good that is, just going to leave it anyway!
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