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
Slow growing to 5 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Fragrant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Botanical Pronunciation:gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deez
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Slow growing to 5 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide
Special features:Deer Resistant
Foliage color:Dark Green
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:White
Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
Garden styleAsian/Zen, Tropical
Design 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 PlantsPlant with other more cold hardy tropical plants like Hibiscus, Elephant Ears and Lantana. Combine in a fragrant planter with sweet smelling Jasmine, Lavender and Sage.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.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. 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.