Kleim's Hardy Gardenia
Kleim's Hardy Gardenia
Gardenia jasminoides 'Kleim's Hardy'Item #3756 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 11
The hardiest of the Gardenias in a versatile, dwarf size. Great in containers, raised beds and in the foreground of borders. Flowers are star-like with five petals. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deezPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:7 - 9, 12 - 16, 18 - 24Growth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow-growing, low mounded form to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late spring into summerFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasOne of the few Gardenia that takes full sun, but best to plant with a little protection from reflected heat of hardscape. Use as foundation planting or an accent shrub and place it close to outdoor living spaces to appreciate its heavenly fragrance. Ideal for sunny courtyards and townhouse gardens.Companion PlantsPlant alongside other fragrant bloomers like Jasmine, Lavender, and Sage in a bed or border close to your patio or deck. Pair with other acid loving plants like Hydrangea and Azalea.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: summer after flowering.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Interest in pushing gardenia to the frost line led to the recent development of this cultivar by Don Kleim. He is known for his vast collection of magnolia at Henderson Experimental Gardens of Clovis, California. The genus was classified by John Ellis around 1760, and is composed of a bout 250 species scattered abround Asia and Africa. He named the genus after Alexander Garden, a Charleston, South Carolina physician of the 18th century. G. jasminoides was first collected in 18th century China where plants had been under cultivation for so long there existed a thriving nursery trade by the time westerners began collecting from the interior.Lore:Intense fragrance has kept gardenia in the perfume trade and it is still among the most popular flowers for corsages. It's an old practice to cut gardenia flowers without stem and float them on water in shallow ceramic bowls set on the coffee table to release their fragrance.