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Splash of spring colour

When everything is still bare, the evergreen shrub Camellia japonica (also known as Japanese camellia) is already flowering abundantly. Neither cold nor snow will stop this winter bloomer.

Highly valued for their stunning floral displays and fresh, glossy, evergreen foliage, few hardy shrubs signal the end of winter better than camellias.

With dozens of varieties available you’ll be spoilt for choice – you can pick from camellias in shades of pink, red, white and cream.

Camellia flowers vary in size and shape, and their forms can be divided into six descriptive groups depending on the number of petals and their pattern or arrangement within the flower. These forms are described as Single, Semi-double, Anemone-form, Peony-form, Rose-form double or Formal double, so take your pick from the ones that most appeal.

Like azaleas and rhododendrons, camellias are ericaceous plants, and this means they need to grow in an acid or lime-free soil to ensure they stay healthy. A simple soil test kit available from garden centres can be used to check your soils acidity/alkalinity (often called its pH), and composts and fertilisers can be added to help make soil more acid.

Alternatively, compact varieties of camellia grow well in large pots or half-barrels filled with ericaceous compost, available in garden centres.


Semi-double rose-pink flowers. Upright habit. Strong growing.

‘Adolphe Audusson’
Bright red flowers. Strong growing.

Peony-form pink flower. Upright. Strong growing.

‘Lavinia Maggi’
Large double white flowers with pink stripes. Medium vigour.

All of these plants are looking at their very best at the moment, so if you you're wanting to add some instant interest and colour to your garden, visit and select from our seasonal displays.

>> Perfect for pollinators
With our wild bees and other important pollinators considered to be in decline, the Royal Horticultural Society has launched the "Perfect for Pollinators" campaign to help promote that by planting nectar and pollen rich flowers over a long season, gardeners can help to reduce this trend.  The list is comprehensive and we are extending use of the distinctive logo from our herbaceous perennials through to our range of shrubs and trees throughout the Nursery, to make it easier to identify those varieties that offer the most benefit to bees and other insects when selecting new plants. 
The Nurseries’ staff can offer further advice and copies of the perfect for pollinators plant list can be downloaded here.

>>download list - garden plants

>>download list - wildflowers

Fruit and ornamental trees

We have over 80 varieties of ornamental trees available in the Nursery. There's a great choice of Acer, Betula, Cotoneaster, Malus, Prunus, Sorbus and Salix available in our display stands. As well as flowering ornamental trees, we also have an extensive selection of edible fruits including: Apple, Cherry, Gage, Pear, Plum and Walnut trees with dwarf, bush and standard forms available, together with espalier apple trees, ensuring plenty of choice to meet all requirements.
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