Gardenia jasminoides 'Veitchii'Item #3780 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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Highly prized for a profusion of sweetly fragrant, white blooms that serve as excellent cut flowers. A beautiful specimen with upright branches that are covered with glossy evergreen foliage. A terrific container plant, perfect for entryway plantings or in patio tubs, where the fragrance can be enjoyed.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deez ve-tch-iPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:7 - 9, 12 - 16, 18 - 24Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Grows to 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring through SummerFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasWith its low, dense growth, this Gardenia is a favorite for limited space. Mounding habit is complementary in Asian-inspired gardens and on mounds with boulders where it appears to spill down a slope. Best planted close to outdoor living spaces in heavy ceramic pots or raised planters to enjoy the lovely fragrance. Keep away from big bushy shrubs which can overwhelm this smaller Gardenia.Companion PlantsAgapanthus (Agapanthus); Azalea (Azalea); Camellia (Camellia); Fuchsia (Fuchsia); Coral Bells (Heuchera)
- 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 where John Ellis cultivated the plants at his Yeshoe Plantation. These would be the progenitor for all camellias in England. Ellis named the genus for his friend, Dr. Garden, a physician of Charleston, South Carolina. In the Victorian language of flowers the gardenia came to symbolize secret love. It is a favorite flower for corsage due to its heady fragrance.