Why we chose it: Our favourites
- Great garden feature plants
- Evergreen foliage
- Delightfully coloured spring flowers
- Perfect for beds, borders and pots in partial or light shade
- You’ll get one camellia plant in a 1.5-litre pot and one pieris plant in a 2-litre pot
Camellia japonica Dr King makes a dramatic and lovely start to the year with its large, semi-double, reddish-pink flowers produced over a long time from February to April. The flower petals have a ruffled appearance, which help to show off the golden centres. This evergreen shrub makes a handsome addition and focal point for beds, borders and containers. It looks great in large pots, and even when not in bloom, the lustrous foliage provides year-round colour and interest.
Height 200cm (80in), Spread 200cm (80in).
Pieris japonica Katsura is a fabulous brand new variety, selected for its continuous deep wine-red coloured new leaf growth during spring and summer. From March to May, it bears sprays of rose-pink, scented flowers that cascade over the glossy evergreen foliage. And the deep purple flower buds provide winter interest too. It has a compact habit and dark green foliage for the rest of the year. It is an RHS Plants For Pollinators. It will also make a fabulous talking point when grown in a large container.
Height 150cm (60in), Spread 150cm (60in).
Both camellias and pieris need a position in light or partial shade, certainly out of early morning sunshine, and a lime-free, acidic soil. If you have a chalky or alkaline soil, grow them in large containers using an ericaceous compost – such as Flower Power Ericaceous Compost.