Botanical Pronunciation:gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deez
Sunset climate zones:7 - 9, 12 - 16, 18 - 28, 31
Growth habit:Compact, Round
Average landscape size:Compact growing 5 to 8 ft. tall and 3 to 6 ft. wide.
Blooms:Late spring through early summer
Design IdeasPlant this compact, early blooming Gardenia in sunny protected spaces, such as entryways or enclosed patios, where its fragrance can be captured and enjoyed. Consider this one for transitional areas such as a doorway, at a gate or the entry to a gazebo or shade structure. With its big showy flowers, this Gardenia will be visible on moonlit nights when the blooms will practically leap out of the darkness.
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.
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.