Many camellias are in flower now so it’s the perfect time to visit your local garden centre to see them in bloom. If you buy one in flower, you know exactly what you’re getting. Flowers may be single, semi-double or fully double, in various colours including bi-colours. Camellias are not too long-lasting in the vase but if you snip them when in bud you’ll get the most from them. Their glossy leaves are great for bulking out bouquets too. Or pick individual flowers and float them in glass bowls.
Sansanqua camellias are the earliest flowering, from autumn to winter, and will tolerate sun and drought. Plant in a moist, well-drained acidic soil that has lots of compost dug in. Dig in some blood and bone at planting time too.
Alternatively, grow your camellia indoors.