August Beauty Gardenia
August Beauty Gardenia
Gardenia jasminoides 'August Beauty'Item #3770 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
Prolific bloomer with large, sweetly fragrant, velvety white flowers. Lustrous foliage on a rounded evergreen shrub, useful as a low hedge, screen or accent for entryways. Wonderful in cut flower arrangements.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deezPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:7 - 9, 12 - 16, 18 - 24Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing 5 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide.Special features:Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring through fallFlower color:WhiteGarden styleAsian/ZenDesign 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.
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.