Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof'Item #4409 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 11
A wonderful flowering evergreen hedge or foundation plant with lustrous, dark green foliage and large, fragrant, white flowers that measure two to three inches wide. A more upright habit and more tolerant of direct sun exposure that other gardenias, with flower buds that resist late spring frosts without damage.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Slowly reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deezPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasWonderful hedge or foundation planting. Place close to outdoor living areas or entryways to enjoy the fragrance. Plant in mass to screen walls and fences or include with other fragrant bloomers in a container planting.Companion PlantsFuchsia (Fuchsia); Azalea (Azalea); Daphne (Daphne); Camellia (Camellia); Agapanthus (Agapanthus)
- CareCare InformationThrives in organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Handle with care when transplanting; gardenia roots are best undisturbed. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. 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:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- 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.