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Main Line Gardens
376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Heather's Helpful Hint

Beautiful Camellias
March 15, 2012

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful flowering shrubs is the camellia. In addition to the blossoms, which remind you of a rose or a peony in shades of red, pink, yellow, and white, the foliage is an outstanding dark glossy green. The plant is generally disease and insect resistant and the flowering occurs in cold temperatures when almost nothing else is in bloom.

Spring planting is ideal as this plant needs the season to develop a strong root system to survive our colder winters. Only in recent years have we seen many camellias in Mid-Atlantic nurseries. When planting, amend the soil with rich organic matter such as humus and composted manure, which adds nutrients and good moisture absorption. Then finish with a top dressing of 3" - 4" of mulch. New plants must be watered thoroughly throughout the first year and after that during dry spells that inevitably come in our hot summers.

Prune after flowering to shape and control the size of your shrub and renew vigor to an older plant. Treat for disease and pests only if necessary and consider winter protection to ensure success.

Camellias are currently in stock in both of our stores and ready to plant. Visit our nursery department and talk to one of our experts for advice on selection and planting of this amazing shrub.

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Read about Main Line Gardens acquiring Waterloo Gardens!

Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.