First Love® Gardenia
First Love® Gardenia
Gardenia jasminoides 'Aimee'Item #3767 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 5 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deezPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:7 - 9, 12 - 16, 18 - 28, 31Growth habit:Compact, RoundedGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 5 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late Spring through Early SummerFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasPlant 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 PlantsAgapanthus (Agapanthus); Rhododendron (Rhododendron(; Daphne (Daphne); Fuchsia (Fuchsia); Camellia (Camellia); Coral Bells (Heuchera)
- CareCare InformationThrives 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- 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.