• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Grows to 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant
    Blooms:
    Spring through summer
  • Detail
    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.
    Special features:Easy Care, Year-round Interest
    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
    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
    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.