‘April Kiss’ Camellia
This evergreen bush is a knock-out in early spring, a good selection to purchase if you want to swap out your plain green foundational plantings for something with more interest!
For late winter and early spring blooms, this evergreen Camellia is a great cultivar to check out online or at your local nursery. By April first this small tree is covered in triple blooms, and in zones 6-9 it may even beat your Tulips to flowering. It’s flowers come in light to medium pink colors, and the edges of each petal are softly rounded, and sophisticated, unlike many Camellia blooms.
Where To Grow It:
This Camellia likes partial sun or shade, and needs rich, well-drained soil that can be acidic in nature. They can easily be paired with evergreens, since the fallen needles will actually be beneficial to the Camellia’s growing habits. They also enjoy the addition of coffee grounds into or on the soil near their root systems.
‘April Kiss,’ is an easily grown and reliable evergreen shrub that is easily maintained at full health by novice gardeners.
How To Work It Into Your Yard:
This great beauty has the appearance of a rose, but without the thorns. Some Camellia can take the place of a small tree in your yard, or they can be pruned into a hedge, or bush. The ‘April Kiss’ maintains a height of about 2-5 feet total, and their evergreen leaves make them easy to incorporate into a garden plan, since they can work well as a background shrub to provide the bone structure of your garden. Swap out common foundational hedges like yew, and holly for these, and place them near your front door or entrance for curb appeal in the spring.
To really capitalize on the pink blooms, use ‘April Kiss’ Camellia with Weeping Cherry Trees, Red Bud Trees, or Dwarf Flowering Almond bushes, all of which put on a great show in the early spring with head to toe pink blossoms.