Some have highly fragrant flowers and different specimens will bloom from autumn through to spring. Camellia sasanqua and Camellia japonica are the two varieties best suited to the Perth climate. Despite technically being the same species, there can be vast variations in size and form. Camellia Japonica are the formal ones with large leaves and flowers, generally flowering in Autumn and Winter The flowers may be pure white, pink, red or any combination of these with the petal arrangement in single, double, anemone, peony or rosa form. Feed each week with potassium rich Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food to encourage healthy green leaf growth, strong root development and lots of beautiful flowers. Indeed, camellias flower from now until spring so take time to admire camellias in gardens, or visit a nursery to buy a camellia in flower to add to your garden. But there are exceptions to the rule. They’re also very easy to grow and so versatile that they have a place in every corner of your garden, big or small. Paradise Venessa is vigorous, tall and narrow, growing upright to reach a height of 4-5 metres. Growing Tips . Plant large camellias around a metre apart but place low hedges 30–40cm apart. Consider nipping some of the blooms to encourage a longer blooming time of the plant. The flowers are large semi-doubles with prominent petaloid stamens (stamens with a petal-like appearance). Camellias are remarkably drought tolerant but the plants will perform at their best if water stress is kept to a minimum. Camellias typically bloom in the spring or fall months in zone 6, whereas warmer climates may see blooming year-round. Formal doubles have the most perfect symmetrically formed flowers with stamens hidden. Shield the plants from harsh winter winds, and insulate roots with a thick layer of mulch around the base of plants and roots. Appearance and characteristics of a camellia A camellia offers masses of blooms into the cooler months, a naturally neat growth habit, and is a strikingly handsome plant even when not in flower, with glossy deep-green foliage.. Part of the beauty of the sasanqua camellia is its diversity. Watch out for sunburn. Camellia sasanqua & Camellia japonica There are two main camellia species grown in gardens and many hybrids. Good choices for a metre high hedge are ‘Little Liane’ (white) or ‘Paradise Petite’ (pink). Camellias are well known for their beautiful flowers, but their true value as a garden plant doesn’t stop there. They can have single, double and even variegated blooms and can be a 1m tall shrub or a 6m tree. There is a rough rule that the darker the flower the more sun the camellia will stand, while the paler colours need to be in the shade. Camellia sasanqua Paradise Venessa produces white flowers flushed with soft pink margins. This makes them ideal for tall hedging or as screening plants.