The Empress of winter is a name given to Camellia sasanqua by the Chinese. It sums up what the plant has to offer. Lightening up a dull late autumn/early winters day with its cheerful flowers Camellia sasanqua is truly an empress.

This season is proving to be excellent for them with ‘Rosea Plena’, ‘Narumigata’, ‘Rainbow’, ‘Crimson Bride’ and ‘Hugh Evans’ already putting on a good show.

Camellia sasanqua does everything its spring cousins does what with its lush evergreen foliage, a flurry of flowers, singles and semi-doubles, from pinks to reds to whites and multi coloured but with the one thing that most spring flowering camellia lack. Scent! Added to this sasanqua will thrive in full sun so are less particular in where you place them meaning there really is no excuse not to have at least one camellia in your garden.

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