White Gem Gardenia

Gardenia jasminoides 'White Gem'

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03794
The sweet fragrance of gardenias in a versatile dwarf shrub, perfect for small spaces. Great in containers, raised beds and in the foreground of borders. Adorned with star-like flowers, each with six pure white petals, whorled around pale yellow centers. Evergreen.
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Botanical Pronunciationgar-DEEN-ee-uh jas-min-NOY-deez
LoreThe 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 MaturitySlow growing; reaches only 1 to 2 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring into Summer
Design IdeasThis is an excellent needlepoint gardening plant that allows heady fragrance in the smallest of gardens. Let it fill in seatwall-height planters under exotic taller plants, spread around stepping stones or mound to cloak the stand pipe of a hose bib.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Tropical
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDwarf Plant, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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.

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