As summer fades and the leaves begin to turn, the fall-blooming camellias open the camellia season, adding charm and color in the garden, at a time of the year when most plants are going to bed for the winter. Most fall-blooming camellias are camellia sasanquas which boast one of the loveliest fall flowers, are graceful in form, tender in color and pleasing in fragrance.
- Blooming in fall and early winter, their flowers, mostly single or semi-double, are not quite as large and showy as those of Japanese camellias (Camellia japonica), but they are born in such profusion that a camellia sasanqua in full bloom becomes one of the glories of the fall garden.
- Never bigger than 3-4 in. (7-10 cm), the scented blooms enjoy fluted, ruffled petals and range from white through to deep pink. Each flower only lasts a couple of days before it drops its petals which makes them ill-suited for cutting.
- These fall-blooming camellias are wonderful garden subjects. They make spectacular additions to partially shaded landscapes and their evergreen foliage creates lovely hedges or backdrops to foundation plantings and perennial borders year-round. The elegant and open habit of Camellia sasanquas allows them to blend beautifully with other shrubs, without dominating the way the larger leaved, denser growing camellia Japonica do.
- Faster growing than Camellia japonica, these broadleaved, evergreen shrubs are more sun tolerant than Camellia japonica and are slightly less cold hardy.