Camellias are one of those plants that can live and thrive for decades with little or no care. Even without fertilization, insect control, pruning, mulching, and regular watering, camellias can survive and still be impressive. This characteristic makes them one of the most resilient ornamental that you will ever have in your garden.

In many cemeteries across America, camellias have been growing for over a century with virtually no care at all in most cases. Still, these winter blooming jewels continue to put on a captivating display of flowers every season. The incredible camellia’s amazing resilience is demonstrated in the camellia gallery below.

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Gene Phillips is one of the owners of Gene’s Nursery in Savannah, Ga.  He is a 2nd generation grower and attributes his love of Camellias to his father, who inspired him to breath in the beauty that they bring to him but more importantly to others.  In his ‘free’ time, you’ll find him wandering through old gardens, trying to identify flowers or taking countless number of photos to share with others!  He also enjoys meeting people and comparing ‘garden’ stories.

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