If you have longed to grow camellias but fret because of cold weather, take heart: the Winter’s Series just may be your solution. These camellias hybridized by Dr. William Ackerman, a former research geneticist with the U.S. National Arboretum, have been in the marketplace for just over two decades, opening the door to passionate gardeners in zones 6b and 7 where camellia-growing had been a little riskier.
Varieties like Winter’s Star and Winter’s Joy are in full bloom now, in the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens along the Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail. These and other camellias are proving once again that October and November can be an incredible season of blooming shrubs in the landscape if you have done your planning.
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