Frost Proof Gardenia

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
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Scientific NameGardenia jasminoides Frost Proof
Exposurefull sun to partial shade
Bloom/FeatureDouble white fragrant blooms in late spring
Avg. Dimensions5' H x 4' W
USDA ZonesUSDA Zones 7-11
SoilWell drained acid
Wateras needed
Usescontainer hedge mass planting woodland garden

Description

A classic selection, the Frost Proof Gardenia is a gardening favorite for a reason! Every summer, this Gardenia produces powerfully fragrant, crisp white flowers that reach 2-3″ across. If you’re familiar with gardenias, then you’re aware of the intoxicating scent! They have a rich and sweet fragrance, characteristic of summers in the South. Additionally, they make great cut flowers. We recommend snipping a few blooms to bring their sweet smell with you.

Unlike the name tends to suggest, the Frost Proof Gardenia is not “frost proof.” The name specifically comes from the ability of this shrub’s flower buds to resist damage from late spring frosts. So although, it is more cold tolerant than other Gardenias, it is not impervious to freezing weather. In addition, we recommend covering it during extended periods of frost for its first few growing seasons.

Slender, light green leaves emerge in spring, before maturing to a glossy dark green. This foliage is the perfect backdrop for the snowy white blossoms that are highly anticipated every year.  Furthermore, this attractive foliage remains evergreen all year long, meaning it won’t leave your landscape bare in wintertime.

The Frost Proof Gardenia has an upright but controlled growth habit. Therefore, its great for planting as a hedge or a foundation, as it will rarely require pruning or trimming.

This shrub will eventually grow to be 5′ H x 4′ W.

Frost Proof Gardenia Care

Hardy from USDA Zones 7-11.

Plant in Partial Sun to Full Sun. The Frost Proof Gardenia can handle more direct sunlight than other varieties of gardenia. However, gardeners in the South should avoid all day sun, and instead plant this variety where it will be shaded from afternoon sun.

Water regularly until established. This will generally take around 3 months at the very least. During this time, ensure that your soil is neither drying out or remaining too soggy. Afterwards, water once a week if needed.

For best results, plant in acidic, well-draining soil.

Fertilize your Frost Proof in Spring and Summer with an acidic plant fertilizer. If you’re afraid you might use too much, use slightly less than the recommended amount. This can help prevent accidental over-fertilization.

 

For a care guide on this species from GardeningKnowHow, Click Here

For tips on planting Acid-loving plants, Click Here

 

 

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Scientific NameGardenia jasminoides Frost Proof
Exposurefull sun to partial shade
Bloom/FeatureDouble white fragrant blooms in late spring
Avg. Dimensions5' H x 4' W
USDA ZonesUSDA Zones 7-11
SoilWell drained acid
Wateras needed
Usescontainer hedge mass planting woodland garden

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3 reviews for Frost Proof Gardenia

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anonymous

    My plant has just arrived, and has not been planted yet but I am so pleased with the size (1 gal.) and healthy condition! Beautifully packed for shipping.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rick Jessen (verified owner)

    I live in Wisconsin and purchased this in March I keep it as an indoor plant and it is bursting with flowers as of May 8th. Great gardenia and would buy from PBM in a heart beat

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    darlene.salisbury (verified owner)

    I live in Oregon. I ordered TWO 3 gallon size of these gardenias. Oh my goodness. I can’t even believe the quality, and how good they look. One even has blooms. I’m so pleased. Thank you Plants By Mail!!

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