In the southern regions of the USA, we don't have problems growing most camellias. The preferred climate zones of 8 and 9 are generally acceptable for growing camellias outdoors. But in some regions, such as in zone 6 and 7, it is usually too cold for some of our more traditional Camellias. There are some camellias that are considered Cold Tolerant that can be used for these colder zones. We do not use the word "Hardy" because that implies that there is no margin of error. With Camellias, as with all other plants, there are exceptions to rules. Where a variety of Camellia may be considered tolerant, that is to assume that is is tolerant under NORMAL conditions. There are many factors that can play in the ability of a cold-tolerant camellia surviving a harsh winter of zones 7a, 6a and 6b. Before purchasing camellias for cold climates, you need to understand what you can and can not do!
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Camellia sasanqua is one of the most popular species of Camellias found in gardens today. It typically blooms in the fall and you will certainly be able to identify them by the colorful carpet of petals they leave behind!
I love experimenting with all the nifty things I can do with my tea plants. My daughter gave me a gift of Matcha tea recently. I really liked the flavor and the texture. I also like that I can add it to my smoothies and other food. So I decided that I would try to make my own Matcha style Tea.