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When your Spring's Promise Camellia (Camellia japonica 'Spring's Promise') is in full bloom, spring can't be far away! Bursting with red flowers that are 3 to 4 inches across, Spring's Promise Camellia blooms during winter -- a time when most plants in your landscape are waiting for warmer weather before their flowers make an appearance. You'll want to place this evergreen shrub in a prominent spot to brighten your winter landscape, such as at your home's entrance or around your porch, patio or deck. These key locations will also allow you to enjoy a second bonus -- sweetly scented flowers. A Camellia that Pushes the Cold-Hardiness Envelope Camellias have long graced Southern yards, but Northern gardeners are typically unable to grow this warmer-climate shrub. Spring's Promise Camellia is the answer because of its uncharacteristic winter hardiness compared to other camellias. If you live in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 10, this is the camellia for you! Camellia Care Spring's Promise Camellia will be a show-stopper for you with these simple care tips: • Soil. Camellias grow best in acidic soil. If you're unsure of the type soil you have, a simple soil test by your local Cooperative Extension Service will let you know the exact pH of the soil. They'll also tell you how to adjust the soil pH to make Spring's Promise Camellia a happy camper. • Water. Be sure to keep the soil moist -- but not soggy -- particularly the first year after planting. The key is to plant Spring's Promise Camellia in well-draining soil; this is not a plant for low-lying areas of your yard where the water puddles after it rains. • Sun. Camellias don't like to be scorched by the sun; they are healthier when protected from direct sunlight. Find a spot for your Spring's Promise Camellia where it receives partial shade or filtered sunlight, such as under taller trees or partially shaded by your house or raised deck. • Air. Camellias also like to "breathe." Plant your Spring's Promise Camellia far enough away from the walls of your house and other plants so the air freely circulates around it. After-Bloom Care • Pruning. If you're a gardener who doesn't enjoy pruning, you'll be glad to know that Spring's Promise Camellia doesn't need to be manicured each year. Simply remove any dead branches and let this shrub grow into its natural shape. • Fertilizing. After flowering in spring, use a fertilizer labeled specifically for camellias, and use only according to label directions -- that's it! Order your Spring's Promise Camellia today!