Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof'Item #4409 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 11
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A more upright habit, supporting shiny, dark green leaves and fragrant, white 2 to 3 inch 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.
- 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. wideFoliage 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 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.
- CareCare InformationFollow 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: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.