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
Fast grower to 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Fragrant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Late spring into 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:Round
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast grower to 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Late spring into summer
Flower color:White
Garden styleAsian/Zen
Design IdeasThis most popular, upright Gardenia is an excellent single specimen capable of scenting an entire entry court. But don't be afraid to use it in greater quantity as foundation planting or even in hedges left to their natural shape. Has an open character and large size that allows it to be paired with larger flowering shrubs for a huge show of color and fragrance.
Companion PlantsMix and match with other acid loving woodland plants like Marlberry, Heuchera, Hosta, Astilbe, and Mountain Laurel. Add sweet fragrance to an Asian inspired bed or container with Peony, Camellia, Azalea and Fern.
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.