• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 5 to 8 ft. tall and 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Late spring through early summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deez
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:7 - 9, 12 - 16, 18 - 24
    Growth habit:Compact, Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 5 to 8 ft. tall and 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late spring through early summer
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasHere is a Gardenia with huge flowers that are as valuable to the tropical garden as they are to the traditional white moonlight landscape. Plant in sheltered locations as background foliage or up close and upwind as a single specimen to enjoy a long season of fragrance. Also does well in containers on balconies, porches and decks. Very versatile.
    Companion PlantsMix and match with other Asian garden favorites like Camellia, Azalea, Japanese Maple, Iris, Peony, and a variety of delicate ferns. Create a fragrant container planting alongside Jasmine, Lavender and Chocolate Cosmos.
  • Care
    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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Gardenia is a native of China where it has been cultivated for over a thousand years. Plants reached America directly from Asia in 1761. John Ellis cultivated them first at his South Carolina plantation. These would be the progenitor for all gardenias in England. Ellis named the genus for his friend, Dr. Alexander Garden, a physician of Charleston. Its chief propose for early cultivation was for the cut flower industry as a heavy fragrance corsage. Gardenia varieties are improved when grafted onto Gardenia thunbergii rootstock due to its superior root system and its resistance to Root-knot Nematodes, a key benefit to the southeastern part of the United States. The vigorous rootstock is more efficient at soil nutrient uptake.


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