Help - Camellias as fouyndation plants?
I need serious help from the expert, I am a really big dreamer with not much experience. we bought a house 2 years ago and I have been trying to plan our yard. our front of the house faces North (the house is a two story '27 Tudor, not too high). there are now a couple of tired azaleas and rododendrons, and a couple od overgrown evergreen shaped like balls (about 10 feet in diameter). I really hate it. I would like to cut everything and replace with new plants, and was thinking about Camellias (we have a large, spring flowering Camellia on the west side of the house). the fron faces North and gets virtually no sun during the winter, although it gets sun from the side in the morning and afternoon in the summer (in the afternoon the light is paretially shaded by the neighbor's house and trees). some friends told me that Camellia would not work because they can get very leggy and leave the lower 2-3 feet bare, which would not look good in a foundation. my question is are there Camellias that could thrive and look good in this location? I was thinkig of fall or winter-flowering Camellias, and something that is compact enough that does not get two leggy and bare at the bottom and does not become eventually a big tree. we have windows at about 6 feet that we do not want to cover completely for safety reason (even though now are fully hidden behind the "balls"). I am an enthusiastic dreamer, this is our first (and forever) home after many years of apt living and sometimes I admit I get carried away, but I hope some of the experts on this Forum can help me. thanks so much in advance