August Beauty Gardenia
Gardenia jasminoides 'August Beauty'
Full sun, Partial sun
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||gar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deez|
|Lore||The gardenia is a native of China where it has been cultivated for over a thousand years. In the Victorian language of flowers the gardenia came to symbolize secret love. Gardenia 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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Spring through Fall|
|Design Ideas||Plant this tight, compact Gardenia in enclosed spaces such as entryways or patios where its perfume fragrance can be captured and enjoyed. Consider August Beauty for those transitional areas such as a doorway, gate or the entry to a gazebo or shade structure. With its large, showy flowers, this Gardenia will be visible on moonlit nights when the blooms will practically leap out of the darkness.|
|Flower Attribute||Flowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Asian/Zen, Cottage, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Espalier, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Topiary, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Urban Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Gift Plant, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.|
|Key Feature||Showy, Fragrant Flowers|
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