First Love® Gardenia
Gardenia jasminoides 'Aimee'
|Description||Wonderfully fragrant, double white, 4- to 5-inch blooms are larger than any other variety! The first gardenia to bloom in spring, and it continues to flower well into the growing season. A superb compact evergreen accent shrub or container specimen, perfect for entryway plantings or in patio tubs, where the fragrance can be enjoyed.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Keep soil moist, but never soggy.|
|Blooms||Late Spring through Early Summer|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 5 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Espalier, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Suitable for Topiary|
|Design Ideas||Plant this compact, early blooming Gardenia in sunny protected spaces, such as entryways or enclosed patios, where its fragrance can be captured and enjoyed. Consider this one for transitional areas such as a doorway, at a gate or the entry to a gazebo or shade structure. With its big showy flowers, this Gardenia will be visible on moonlit nights when the blooms will practically leap out of the darkness.|
|Companion Plants||Agapanthus (Agapanthus); Rhododendron (Rhododendron(; Daphne (Daphne); Fuchsia (Fuchsia); Camellia (Camellia); Coral Bells (Heuchera)|
|Care||Thrives 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.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11
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