December Plant of the Month
CamelliaJust because it's winter, doesn't mean you can't have pretty blooms. Camellias will do just that. These hardy evergreen shrubs have large showy flowers from fall to early spring. Even when they're not blooming, their dense, glossy, dark green foliage is attractive and lends them a formal look. They're great for hedges or even in containers! There are many different varieties of Camellia, most of them getting between 5 and 8 feet in size. There are some varieties however, that are smaller or even can be grown as a groundcover! Their blooms range in color from pure white to pink to bright red. Camellias grow well in the San Antonio area, just make sure to give them plenty of shade. Morning sun is ok too. They're not water hogs, but they're not exactly drought tolerant either. They will need moderate watering to stay happy. Wanna make 'em really happy? Give them a soil acidifier every once in a while. Camellias will tolerate our alkaline soil, but when more acidity is introduced, they'll really thrive!