Zones: 7 – 10
Shade to Part Shade
Camellias are another easy-to-grow bush (or small tree if you cut off the lower branches as they grow) with early spring flowers.
They have evergreen, dark green leaves which is an added bonus.
Bloom times can be anytime between the end of October and the beginning of May, depending on the variety.
Camellias require slightly warmer conditions than some of the other plants in this list…but if you live in a zone where they survive, it’s hard not to have at least one in your garden. I have enough varieties in my garden that there is usually at least one blooming all winter long.
It does take them a couple of years to get going after they have been planted, but once established, they are covered in blooms.