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
Reaches 5 to 8 ft. tall and 3 to 6 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Fragrant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Late spring through early 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 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 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:
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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