All About Camellias! The camellia is one of my all-time favorite plants! Evergreen, drought tolerant once established, offering blooms from late fall through early spring-with as many as 250 species! They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. They prefer light shade and a slightly acid, rich, well-drained soil,If you live in Zone 7-9 (some even in zone 6!) I highly recommend you check out which one would be best for you!