are camellias tricky in so. ca.?
I get mixed messages on growing Camellias here( zone 23). I have the perfect spot for Japonicas: shady/partial sun, protected from winds on north side, regular water with good drainage. I would plant it properly, mulch it well, and feed with an acid fertilizer. There are beauties in Descanso Gardens. Is their zone so greatly preferable to mine? I'd not hesitate to plant raphiolepsis in this spot. Though I know the bloom would be scarce, I'd feel secure it would thrive. Am I wise or foolish to be so leery re.camellias? Are some cultivars truly more suited for this area than others? I bought a Debutante on a sentimental impulse, but it's still in the box.