Gardenia is an evergreen shrub with a unmistakable scent. Fragrant white blossoms contrast with shiny dark green leaves. Double blooms are often used as corsage flowers. These plants bloom from March until the end of summer in North Florida.
More than 20 varites of Gardenia grow across the State of Florida. Gardenia jasminoides, also known as G. augusta, G. grandiflora or G. florida) These varieties vary in plant height, flower size and color, as well as leaf size and color.
Some of our personal favorites are:
- “Mystery“, A well known selection, classic gardenia leaf and bloom form. Bears 4- to 5-in. double flowers from mid- to late spring or longer.
- ‘Klein’s Hardy’. Semi dwarf To 2–3 ft. high and wide. Single flowers in summer and again in fall .
- “Frost Proof” Semi dwarf and as the name implies, this variety is very cold hardy. Small leaf , repeat bloomer.
Gardenias do well in large pots on decks and patios; gardeners in cold-winter areas can grow them in cool greenhouses.
Gardenias are acid loving plants, plant in soil containing lots of organic matter and feed withAzalea fertilizer. Plant Gardenias in a location that doesn’t have full sun all day long. Hardy outdoors in U.S.D.A hardiness zones 8 through 12.
Feel free to contact us for more information about growing gardenias in Florida.