The original reticulata varieties came from temple gardens in China, where they have been tended and revered for centuries. They are typically tall upright shrubs with bold, pointed foliage and very large richly coloured flowers.
Unfortunately they are not seen at their best in the open in SE England, but they have been used to breed a number of hybrids which are very garden-worthy and hardy.capable of producing rich colours and magnificent flowers.
The largest do best when sheltered from the coldest winds by a fence, shrubbery or wall.
No image for Camellia 'China Lady'Vigorous, upright, evergreen shrub, valued for luxuriant rich green foliage and very large, semi-double orchid pink flowers with irregular petals. Prefers sheltered site, sunny or shade, and any well drained neutral/acid soil. Especially good under glass., Spring£185.00View Item
Evergreen shrub, valued for large,luxuriant rich green leaves and masses of large, showy semi-double to peony-form, coral-scarlet flowers. Especially good under glass. Prefers sheltered site, sunny or shade, and any well drained neutral/acid soil., Spring£185.00View Item
Vigorous, upright, evergreen shrub, valued for luxuriant rich green foliage and exceptional, large, semi-double, rose pink flowers. One of the greats. Prefers sheltered site, sunny or shade, and any well drained neutral/acid soil., Spring£18.00View Item
Vigorous, upright, evergreen shrub, valued for luxuriant rich green foliage and pink, semi-double flowers with darker veins and a boss of golden stamens. Like a C. x williamsii., Early Spring£20.00View Item
One of the most hardy reticulata hybrids. Bold, dark green foliage on a fairly lax bush, with very large, bright crimson semi-double flowers, with golden stamens. Striking. Can be trained against a wall. Good plant on top of hill at RHS Wisley., Spring£18.00View Item