Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Slow-growing, low mounded form to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Fragrant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Late spring into summer
Botanical Pronunciation:gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deez
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Sunset climate zones:7 - 9, 12 - 16, 18 - 24
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Slow-growing, low mounded form to 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Special features:Easy Care, Year-round Interest
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Late spring into summer
Flower color:White
Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Tropical
Design 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.
Care Information
Follow 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:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
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.