I have a section of screenhouse that borders our swimming pool that I currently have some antique roses growing. I noticed this winter that this particular section gets full sun for several months, but is in full (unobstructed) shade all winter due to sun angle changes. It is on the north side of the screenhouse. This usually is not a good scenario for roses, and I am sure that eventually the health of the shaded roses will start to fail.
I have several camellias as foundation plantings in the same situation that are doing beautifully. They are a mixture of japonicas and sasanquas.
I am considering planting camellias in the shaded section of the screenhouse, while keeping the antique roses in the sunnier sections that continue on around the rectangular structure of the screen. Now the questions.
Since I like variety, what camellias could I plant in a row along a 17 or 18 foot expanse that will be bushy enough for privacy, and look good with one another as far as growth habits go?
How far apart should they be planted to insure some privacy from the road and neighbors, but still be suitable for the health of the camellias?
It is so hard to find adequate information regarding growth habits, etc. of camellias! Normally I allow lots of spacing between plants, but this is a different sort of situation.
Any help would be so appreciated!