Camellias are one of my favorite plants and I don't know why it took me so long to start growing them. When I did fall in love with them, I did it in a big way. I remember visiting a camellia specialty nursery in Birmingham and coming home with a truck load. I have lots of favorites but one that would be in my top ten is "Taylor's Perfection".
This camellia is the most profuse bloomer in the garden. The buds started opening last week and the bright pink semi-double flowers really light up the landscape. The buds open gradually so you can usually be assured of flowers for several weeks.
One drawback, and the only one I can think of, is that the flowers nod so, unless you want to get down on the ground, it is difficult to see them well. Our shrub is only about four feet tall and it is reputed to get six to eight feet tall. When it attains that height, the flowers can be better enjoyed. Still, it puts on quite a show in the garden.
Taylor's Perfection is classified as a C. x williamsii variety which is a cross of C. japonica and C. saluenensis. Its parentage is unknown but originated in 1975 with J. Taylor of Alton, New Zealand.