• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing 5 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant
    Blooms:
    Spring through fall
  • Detail
    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:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing 5 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide.
    Special features:Year-round Interest
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring through fall
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasPlant this tight, compact Gardenia in enclosed spaces such as entryways or patios where its perfume fragrance can be captured and enjoyed. Consider August Beauty for those transitional areas such as a doorway, gate or the entry to a gazebo or shade structure. With its large, showy flowers, this Gardenia will be visible on moonlit nights when the blooms will practically leap out of the darkness.
    Companion PlantsPair with other acid loving plants like Camellia, Iris and Japanese Maple in an Asian woodland setting. Wonderful in a container with other fragrant bloomers like Phlox, Lavender and Jasmine. Place on a covered patio or deck to enjoy the frangrance all summer long.
  • 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
    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.