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
Grows to 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Fragrant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring through summer
Botanical Pronunciation:gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deez ve-tch-i
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Sunset climate zones:7 - 9, 12 - 16, 18 - 24
Growth habit:Round
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Grows to 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Spring through summer
Flower color:White
Garden styleAsian/Zen, Tropical
Design 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 PlantsCombine this fragrant beauty with other woodland shrubs and perennials like Masterwort, Coral Bells, Camellia and Evergreen Azalea. Create a tropical container planting for your patio or deck with Mandevilla, Elephant Ears, Agapanthus and Fuchsia.
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 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.