Camellias are a lovely evergreen shrub that will grow in neutral to acid soils, but are equally at home in containers using Ericaceous compost. They prefer a sheltered position in sun or part shade, with a moist but well drained soil. The flowers range from single to double and even paeony form, dark reds through the pinks to white and even yellow. The majority will flower in the spring but the Sasanqua varieties have mostly single flowers opening in the autumn. Camellias can be pruned to shape with the best time being immediately after flowering.