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August Beauty Gardenia

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  • Produces an abundance of large, very fragrant white flowers Spring through Fall
  • Matures to 3-4' wide by 4-6' tall
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 8 - 11
  • Plant in full sun to part shade
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Description

The August Beauty Gardenia, a cherished flowering shrub, is renowned for its stunning blossoms and captivating fragrance. Hailing from China, this evergreen beauty from the Rubiaceae family is a cultivar of the Gardenia jasminoides species.

Glossy, dark green leaves and showy white flowers define the August Beauty Gardenia. The alluring aroma of the blooms, which usually appear from late spring to early summer, brings a touch of elegance to any garden setting.

The August Beauty Gardenia thrives in well-drained, slightly acidic soil (pH between 5.0 and 6.5). Enhance its growth by enriching the soil with organic matter such as compost or peat moss, which boosts drainage and fertility. The plant prefers full to partial sunlight, as excess shade can hinder flower production.

Consistent watering is essential for the health of your August Beauty Gardenia. The soil should stay moist but not soggy. Overwatering can result in root rot and other fungal diseases, hence the importance of maintaining a balance.

After planting, water the plant thoroughly and apply a layer of organic mulch to maintain moisture and suppress weed growth.

Watering tips include deep and infrequent watering, aiming the water at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage and adjusting watering based on rainfall. Signs of overwatering include yellowing leaves, wilting, and root rot. Signs of underwatering include wilting, dry leaves, and soil pulling away from the container. Adjust watering as needed.

Fertilizing and Pruning Your August Beauty Gardenia

Proper fertilization and pruning are crucial to the health and beauty of your August Beauty Gardenia. A high-nitrogen, acid-formulated fertilizer is ideal. Organic options like compost or well-rotted manure can also be beneficial.

Using a slow-release fertilizer, begin fertilizing in early spring, just before new growth starts. Follow the package instructions to avoid over-fertilizing, which can inhibit flower production.

Pruning helps shape the plant, remove dead or diseased branches, and stimulate new growth. Prune in early spring, after flowering has finished, making clean cuts above a leaf node or bud. Remove dead, damaged, or crossing branches, and avoid heavy pruning to maintain flower production. Always sanitize pruning tools before and after use to prevent disease spread.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

August Beauty Gardenia Spacing Recommendations

Space Your August Beauty Gardenia 2-3 feet apart for a seamless planting. Alternatively, plant them 4-5+ feet apart to leave space between shrubs.

  • Scientific Name
    Gardenia jasminoides 'August Beauty'
  • Hardiness Zone
    8, 9, 10, 11
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Evergreen
  • Features
    Aromatic, Flowering
  • Feature Color
    Green, White
  • Uses
    Accent, Border, Container, Foundation Planting, Hedge
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    Fall, Spring, Summer

Growing Zones : 8, 9, 10, and 11

Map of USDA Zones 8-11

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The August Beauty Gardenia, a cherished flowering shrub, is renowned for its stunning blossoms and captivating fragrance. Hailing from China, this evergreen beauty from the Rubiaceae family is a cultivar of the Gardenia jasminoides species.

Glossy, dark green leaves and showy white flowers define the August Beauty Gardenia. The alluring aroma of the blooms, which usually appear from late spring to early summer, brings a touch of elegance to any garden setting.

The August Beauty Gardenia thrives in well-drained, slightly acidic soil (pH between 5.0 and 6.5). Enhance its growth by enriching the soil with organic matter such as compost or peat moss, which boosts drainage and fertility. The plant prefers full to partial sunlight, as excess shade can hinder flower production.

Consistent watering is essential for the health of your August Beauty Gardenia. The soil should stay moist but not soggy. Overwatering can result in root rot and other fungal diseases, hence the importance of maintaining a balance.

After planting, water the plant thoroughly and apply a layer of organic mulch to maintain moisture and suppress weed growth.

Watering tips include deep and infrequent watering, aiming the water at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage and adjusting watering based on rainfall. Signs of overwatering include yellowing leaves, wilting, and root rot. Signs of underwatering include wilting, dry leaves, and soil pulling away from the container. Adjust watering as needed.

Fertilizing and Pruning Your August Beauty Gardenia

Proper fertilization and pruning are crucial to the health and beauty of your August Beauty Gardenia. A high-nitrogen, acid-formulated fertilizer is ideal. Organic options like compost or well-rotted manure can also be beneficial.

Using a slow-release fertilizer, begin fertilizing in early spring, just before new growth starts. Follow the package instructions to avoid over-fertilizing, which can inhibit flower production.

Pruning helps shape the plant, remove dead or diseased branches, and stimulate new growth. Prune in early spring, after flowering has finished, making clean cuts above a leaf node or bud. Remove dead, damaged, or crossing branches, and avoid heavy pruning to maintain flower production. Always sanitize pruning tools before and after use to prevent disease spread.

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