• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast grower to 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Late spring into summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deez
    Plant type:Shrub
    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
    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
    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.