• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing, low mounded form reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy, Fragrant Flowers
    Late Spring into Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deez
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:7 - 9, 12 - 16, 18 - 24
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing, low mounded form reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Spring into Summer
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Tropical
    Design IdeasOne of the few Gardenia that takes full sun, but best to plant with a little protection from reflected heat of hardscape. Use as foundation planting or an accent shrub and place it close to outdoor living spaces to appreciate its heavenly fragrance. Ideal for sunny courtyards and townhouse gardens.
    Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Agapanthus (Agapanthus); Fuchsia (Fuchsia); Azalea (Azalea); Camellia (Camellia); Coral Bells (Heuchera)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.Pruning time: summer after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    Interest in pushing gardenia to the frost line led to the recent development of this cultivar by Don Kleim. He is known for his vast collection of magnolia at Henderson Experimental Gardens of Clovis, California. The genus was classified by John Ellis around 1760, and is composed of a bout 250 species scattered abround Asia and Africa. He named the genus after Alexander Garden, a Charleston, South Carolina physician of the 18th century. G. jasminoides was first collected in 18th century China where plants had been under cultivation for so long there existed a thriving nursery trade by the time westerners began collecting from the interior.
    Intense fragrance has kept gardenia in the perfume trade and it is still among the most popular flowers for corsages. It's an old practice to cut gardenia flowers without stem and float them on water in shallow ceramic bowls set on the coffee table to release their fragrance.


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