Red Camellias: Glam in the Winter Garden

Who says a “winter wonderland” has to be made from a blanket of snow?

In warmer zones camellias are in bloom. A stand, hedge or even just a single one of these fuss-free shrubs is a sight to behold, especially when those blooms are in shades of red. The depth and look-at-me quality of red blooms against glossy green foliage helps to create a winter moment that’s pretty wonderful. With no shoveling required.


Bob Hope Camellia
Zone: 8 – 10

Probably the most famous of the red mid-season blooming japonica camellias. Easy to see why! Makes a tall and rather dense hedge. Filtered sun. Up to 8 ft. tall and wide.

Vestito Rosso® Camellia
Zone: 8 – 10

Midnight-red new foliage is just a bonus. Look at those perfectly formed flowers! Partial shade to filtered sun. Up to 8 ft tall and 10 ft. wide; larger with age.

Tom Knudsen Camellia
Zone: 8 – 10

Look at those fantastically shaped dark-red petals–points and ovals all together. Mesmerizing. Filtered sun. Up to 8 ft. tall and wide; larger with age.

Kramer’s Supreme Camellia

If you love the flower shape and romance of a fully-blown peony, this classic one’s for you. Kramer’s is an oldie, but goodie. Full shade to filtered sun. Up to 8 ft. tall and wide; larger with age. Zone: 8 – 10

Yuletide Camellia

For every lover of double-petal bloomers there’s one who swoons for the simplicity of a single petal variety. Makes a stately hedge. Filtered sun. Up to 10 ft. tall and wide. Zone: 7 – 10

Bonanza Camellia
Zone: 7 – 10

Here’s a ruffly red variety that’s smaller with a spreading habit. Ground cover, anyone? Partial shade to partial sun. Up to 5 ft. tall, spreading wider.

Mathotiana Supreme Camellia
Zone: 8 – 10

Super large flowers with look, irregular flaming-red petals. Lovely as an espalier or at the back of a shrub border. Filtered sun. Up to 8 ft. tall and wide; larger with age.

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Nuccio’s Bella Rossa Camellia
Zone: 8 – 10

Formal, four-inch, crimson-red blooms open over a long period for an especially long bloom season. Full shade to partial sun. Up to 8 ft. tall and wide; much larger with age.

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