The camellia is an evergreen shrub of Asian origin. The species most commonly cultivated is the camellia japonica, which blooms in late winter, producing beautiful pink blossoms, which are sometimes fragrant.
It is a slow-growing acidophilic plant, and it should be planted in specific soil for acidophilic plants, mixed with a little sand to increase drainage. It prefers somewhere partially shady, fresh and not too windy.
It can resist cold weather and therefore can be grown in the garden, in the ground or in pots. Watering should be regular from March to October, trying to keep the soil slightly moist, but not completely saturated with water: water only when the soil tends to dry out. Avoid using water with a lot of dissolved limestone, and remember to provide greening fertiliser at least a couple of times a year.