If you can bare to tear your gaze away from the carpet of flowers, you may notice a few blooms at eye-level. Our Woodland Garden is composed of several distinct layers, from the mantle of perennials clothing the soil up to the towering canopy of conifers above. In between is a layer of small trees and shrubs, and camellias are the queens of this middle ground. Our collection includes blooms in several hues, some with simple rose-like flowers garnished with a tuft of golden stamens, while others generate multiple petals, often in pleasingly geometric whorls.
Camellias have a lot to offer the gardener. Luxuriant evergreen foliage clothes plants from tip to toe, providing the perfect foil for flowers. They thrive in shade and can even survive beneath evergreen conifers, providing the soil is rich. The floral display is fleeting, though hugely welcome after winter’s thaw, and fallen blossoms create a colorful carpet below. Join us at Heronswood this weekend for a bonanza of blooms that will stimulate your senses.
– Ross Bayton, Heronswood Taxonomist