I was thinking about this, and for me it’s many things:
Number one, they are fairly hardy plants. As long as you water them, check on them periodically for common pests and diseases ( I will address these issues later in other posts in the future), and occasionally feed them, they will continue to grow and bloom beautiful flowers for you to enjoy every year.
Number two, camellias have varying sizes and shapes. Some get really big, tree like big. Some stay small, shrub like small. You can shape them with shears anyway you prefer. I personally like their natural shape, but pruning is always fine to do if needed, just keep in mind that It’s always better to prune after the blooms have died off, and/or if there is a dead branch, limb or leaves on it.
Number three, many camellias, called sasanquas, will start blooming beginning in the early Fall and through the Winter months. I always found this amazing when I first discovered camellias! Flowers blooming happily throughout the morning and day when it is 40 degrees and raining! Before learning about camellias, I’d thought all flowers just died, or went into a dead like hibernation state during the Fall and Winter months. Not so. Not with with camellias! We currently carry several beautiful sasanquas varieties now. One of personal favorites is called, “Chisato-No-Aki“.
It’s a gorgeous white, and the flower is a medium size peony-formal shape. One of my other sasanquas favorites that we now carry is called a “Frost Princess“. It’s a lightish pink color with a yellow stamen in the center, similar to the Chisato-No-Aki. See my photo below.
Number four, the incredible variety of colors! With camellias, you get a huge selection of varying shades of reds, pinks, whites, red and white variegated, pink and white variegated, striped colors, yellows, solid colors, some have spots of a different color on the bloom. Some camellias have almost a purplish hue, some white camellias have a pinkish hue. The color wheel of varying shades is amazing! They are all so very unique. Just like people.