The Camellia is a wonderful evergreen-type of shrub. It is popular in Southern landscaping and Camellias make great container plants. Following are tips for proper care by mulching for the Camellia.
A Camellia needs slightly acidic soil, so organic mulch, or a compost is ideal to help preserve moisture. Sawdust and straw make great organic mulches. A Camellia should have at least three inches of mulch to protect the moisture level in the soil. Since they have shallow roots, they need good drainage. If you could raise the bed around 10 inches above the normal soil, and add the mulch on top, it would be the ideal home for Camellias.