There's nothing like Camellias. No other shrub can compete with its beauty and diversity. Camellias are southern plants and do well in climate zones 8 and 9. Some camellias, with protection, can grow in zones 7, but they all do well in containers if ground planting is not suitable. Our plants are small and would be best suited for growing in a container to get it more established before ground planting. Zones 7 would be very wise to follow these recommendations.