Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof'Item #4409 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 11
A more upright habit, supporting shiny, dark green leaves and fragrant, white 2- to 3-inch wide flowers make this a fine hedge or foundation plant that thrives with more direct sun than other varieties. Flower buds resist late spring frosts without damage. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Slow growing to 5 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deezPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing to 5 ft. tall and 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 enriched, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Handle with care when transplanting; gardenia roots are best if undisturbed. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, 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: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. 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.