Camillias are the loveliest semi-evergreen shrub for the southern garden. Depending on cultivar, they start to bloom some time just before the new year starts up to around mid to late March. At Longwood gardens where at all times the temperature inside the conservatory is somewhat like it is down south, camillia time starts in December and goes through March.
Camillias like shady locations and acidic soil in the garden and are often found under large live oak trees. They are practically a southern tradition even though they do come from the Orient.
Tom is rather funny with these flowers. He goes to smell them every single time even though he knows they have nary a scent. He does, however, have a super-sniffer, so if there is any scent at all, and some of them do have a slight one, he will smell it. No, I smell nothing on these.