Gardenia jasminoides 'Mystery'Item #3775 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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Sweetly fragrant, large pure white flowers against contrasting glossy green foliage make this compact shrub a standout in any landscape. Plant near entryways to enjoy its wonderful scent. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Fast grower to 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
- 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:FastAverage landscape size:Fast grower to 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late spring into summerFlower color:WhiteGarden styleAsian/ZenDesign 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.
- 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.