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Jubilation Gardenia

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About Jubilation Gardenia

The Southern Living Plant Collection is proud to present the Jubilation Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides ‘Leeone’ PP21983), a delightful reinvention of a Southern classic. Most people plant gardenias for their extravagantly fragrant blooms, and the Jubilation is just about as aromatic as they come. It produces delightful white double blooms with intoxicatingly rich aromas. It has a large initial bloom in late spring, and then reblooms periodically through summer and fall. Year after year, you’ll never get tired of the sweet scent of the Jubilation Gardenia.

Additionally, this selection has a highly moderated growth habit and is remarkably easy to maintain once established in your garden or landscape. It reaches only 3-4′ H x 3′ W at maturity. No pruning required! However, feel free to provide a light trim after its first bloom cycle of the year has come to an end.

Use it as an accent, container, hedge, or slope planting, you can’t go wrong. Line a pathway with them and enjoy their scent as you let them guide you along. Another popular way to use this Gardenia is as a mass planting. You’ll seldom be short on blooms from summer to fall with a large group of these beauties. Furthermore, try it as a fragrant addition to cut flower arrangements.

Jubilation Gardenia Care

Hardy in USDA Zones 7-10

Plant in Full Sun to Part Shade depending on your location. Gardenias in hotter climates grow best when they receive morning sun and afternoon shade. Consequently, in colder zones, such as from 7a to 8a, plant in full sun for best results.

Water regularly for the first few months. This will encourage it to develop deep roots that will help ensure its future success.

Fertilize in early spring with a slow-release, balanced fertilizer, or use an organic acidic fertilizer every couple months in spring to keep this plant happy and healthy.

How To Plant:

  1. Find a suitable planting location for your new gardenia based on the growing specifications listed above.
  2. Dig a hole that is about 3 times as wide as the root ball of your plant.
    • Digging a wider hole makes it easier for your new plant’s roots to spread. 
    • The hole only needs to be deep enough that your plant sits even with the natural ground around it. Don’t plant it any deeper than this. However, it can be planted in a shallower hole if you are concerned about slow drainage in your planting location. If this is the case, plant it so that it sits roughly 3-4 inches above the native ground and mound soil around the base.
  3. Mix your native soil with some rich gardening soil, composted manure, or soil conditioner.
    • This will make it easier for your plant to get adjusted to its new home.
  4. Backfill the hole with your soil mixture and gently pat the soil down around the plant with your hands.
    • Now is also a good time to fertilize your plant. For this species, we recommend a slow-release fertilizer for acid-loving plants. However, avoid using liquid fertilizer on new plantings. 
    • This is also a great time to apply mulch. 3-4 inches of wood mulch around the base of your plant will help it retain more moisture and protect its roots from extreme temperatures (important for hotter USDA Zones, such as 8 and up).
  5. Soak your new planting with a hose to hydrate your plant and settle the soil.

Spacing Recommendations

Plant your Jubilation Gardenias 2 feet apart from center to center for a seamless planting. Otherwise, plant them 3+ feet apart for space between each mature plant.

Popular Companion Plants for the Jubilation Gardenia

These beauties go well with many different types of plants.

  • Plant them in front of a screen of tall pyramidal evergreens, like Juniper Trees. Their dwarf size and rounded habit contrast beautifully with the upright and pointed trees. Otherwise, the bright yellow Forever Goldy Arborvitae is a unique alternative to traditional ornamental trees.
  • Plant them with some other popular selections from the Southern Living Plant Collection, many of them are specifically chosen to go together beautifully. Two good options are the Sunshine Ligustrum and Purple Diamond Loropetalum. They both have highly contrasting foliage and thrive when planted in the same conditions as the Jubilation.
  • Create a Jasmine Garden by planting them with other jasmine-scented plants, such as Star Jasmine and Fragrant Tea Olives.

Frequently Asked Questions:

“Can this Gardenia be grown indoors?”

Sort of. Gardenias need a decent amount of direct sun to grow and flower properly. Even in the sunniest window, they may not perform as desired. This may manifest itself in the plant not blooming much at all, the flowers being small, or the blooms not being very fragrant. It can be done successfully, but for optimal success, we recommend growing it outdoors. If you’re looking to have that signature scent indoors, try planting them outside and snipping the blooms to bring inside for cut flower arrangements.

However, if you are below the Jubilation’s growing zones and you want to plant it in a container and bring it inside over the winter, this works just fine. Simply return it outside once warm weather returns.

“Why is my plant not blooming/only blooming a little/barely fragrant?”

There are several reasons why they may have limited flowers, no flowers, or just a weak fragrance.

  1. Not enough Sun. Plants need sunlight to create flowers and reblooming plants, such as this one, need it even more. This isn’t an unusual complaint for us to receive from people that try to grow their Gardenia indoors. Sun gets filtered through windows so even if they’re in a sunny window, they may not be getting enough. Aim for somewhere between 3-6 hours of direct sunlight daily.
  2. Lack of moisture. These guys need moisture to create blooms. They may even drop forming flower-buds if they dry out too much. Keep in mind that plants in Full Sun may dry out faster than you’d think. Also, providing supplementary water a few times a week during times of intense drought/heat is often necessary. However, if your plant is staying consistently soggy, you’re watering too much.
  3. Improper Pruning. Before flower buds form on the outside of your plant, they form on the inside of the branches. Therefore, if you prune your plant back in spring before any buds may have even formed, you’re going to be removing the flower buds that would have emerged on your plant and it will likely bloom very little or not even at all. Instead, trim it back after its first large bloom in summer. It will still rebloom later on in the year and you’ll be able to keep it at your desired size.

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Check out this Southern Living Plant Collection blog post on maximizing gardenia blooms

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Here’s a PBM Blog post on Gardenia care tips

Scientific Name
Gardenia jasminoides 'Leeone' PP21983
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3-4' H x 3-4' W
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57 reviews for Jubilation Gardenia

  1. Norma Kroeker (verified owner)

    Looks good, using it to replace one we lost in a hard frost. Hopefully this one will bloom like that one did.

  2. Mary (verified owner)

    Plant arrived in beautiful condition! Because of the severe wind and rain in San Francosco I am temporarily keeping my gardenia in my greenhouse. After two weeks it is still looking great. I’m eagerly awaiting the sweet scent.

  3. WmJL (verified owner)

    The jubilation gardenia arrived looking very healthy after a 600+ mile trip in a well packaged box. I look forward to finding the perfect spot for it in my landscape and I will definitely be ordering more plants from Plants by Mail very soon.

  4. Margaret (verified owner)

    I had used other companies before and was so disappointed. I can’t remember what made me use Plants by Mail, but so glad I did! My plants were beautiful, green, healthy! I will definitely order from them again!

  5. Barbara

    The gardenia plants we bought are so nice and healthy. They started blooming within a week.

  6. Melissa Fontaine (verified owner)

    The gardenias came on time and look great-dark green waxy leaves, super healthy.

  7. Sheila Peck (verified owner)

    Plants arrived in beautiful shape, one was even blooming. They are perfect!

  8. Joe (verified owner)

    Plant arrived very quickly and in very good shape. The gardenia has many buds just ready to open. Will definitely be ordering more plants Thanks.

  9. Stacy Webster (verified owner)

    Arrived sooner than promised and in great shape. Healthy and well hydrated. Have transplanted well with no signs of shock.

  10. Elaine A (verified owner)

    Plant arrived quickly once ordered, well packaged and was in great condition upon arrival. I planted it almost immediately, so far it’s healthy looking as well. I look forward to the fragrant blooms it will produce.

  11. Desertwindartist (verified owner)

    This arrived a fabulous healthy plant, well-shaped, I love this plant!

  12. brant (verified owner)

    Healthy plants arrived promptly

  13. Robin Patterson (verified owner)

    Planted in a container and is doing great!

  14. Don Williams (verified owner)

    Very healthy looking plants when they arrived. I highly recommend Plants by Mail, this is my second order.

  15. Mary Ellen Martin (verified owner)

    My experience with Plantsbymail has been very positive indeed. The plants arrived healthy and beautiful
    The staff is courteous and very helpful. I shall,definitely, continue to purchase from this company.

  16. CATHY NORMAN (verified owner)


  17. Michael Foley (verified owner)

    After my order I began to have some doubts about my Gardenia’s safe arrival. After all it was coming from Alabama half way across the country to California. In addition to the distance there was this little incident which we did not anticipate, the crippling ice storm that hit Texas. All I could think of was that this poor little plant was stranded without water in some god forsaken shipping terminal somewhere along the. Then, low and behold it arrived and with great fear I tore into the packaging to see what shape it was in. To my surprise it was still damp and in wonderful shape. It is in my green house acclimating its self to its new climate and doing just fine. Many thanks for the care that was included in sending my new arrival.

  18. KD-D (verified owner)

    I didn’t expect my Jubilation Gardenia to arrive so quickly! It was perfectly packed, the just-moist soil in the pot completely covered with a drawstring plastic bag. The plant was nestled in a cleverly folded column of a cardboard box, and a label made from recycled milk jugs contained the information needed to care for the plant. It’s inside still because it’s too cold to plant just yet, but judging by the condition of the plant now, it’s going to do beautifully. I bought it to bring a taste of my old Southern home to my Pacific Northwest garden. I’ll try to remember to update my review once it’s in the ground and established

  19. KD-D (verified owner)

    I didn’t expect my Jubilation Gardenia to arrive so quickly! It was perfectly packed, the just-moist soil in the pot completely covered with a drawstring plastic bag. The plant was nestled in a cleverly folded column of a cardboard box, and a label made from recycled milk jugs contained the information needed to care for the plant. It’s inside still because it’s too cold to plant just yet, but judging by the condition of the plant now, it’s going to do beautifully. I bought it to bring a taste of my old Southern home to my Pacific Northwest garden. I’ll try to remember to update my revie once it’s in the ground and established

  20. Nancy Wilkins (verified owner)

    Arrived in very timely fashion during the holidays. Plant was in excellent condition and looked great.

  21. Kim (verified owner)

    First time using Plants By Mail very pleased with their communication and delivery. The plant was full sized, healthy and growing well. Will continue to use this company – very happy.

  22. mbtyson43 (verified owner)

    Very pleased with the purchase of a healthy looking gardenia plant. Glad to have found a place to order my plants.

  23. Robert Bialaszewski (verified owner)

    Plant arrived in great condition .Planted in ground as recommended .Plant still looks great after two weeks .hope it continues .

  24. MsJan (verified owner)

    Healthy looking plant, well packaged.
    I followed planting instructions to the T, so expect my plant will grow, bloom and be delightful! I planted it in memory of my mother, who loved gardenias.

  25. Christine Kitto (verified owner)

    Absolutely gorgeous plant.Arrived intact, went right out into the container and has lived happily ever since. No complaints. Would recommed.

  26. Melody Sheldon (verified owner)

    This is the third plant I have gotten here. I ordered another for a friend in Canada and had it shipped to me. Then I sent it on to her. When I got the plant it had one flower blooming and 4 buds and looked wonderful. Due to labor day I keep the plant here until I could re-ship it to her. I repackage it and shipped. I sent it the fastest way possible and it cost a lot but me and several of her friends helped pay for it. This was a very special plant for her she so wanted one but was unable to find one .The main reason we went thru all this is due to the fact her husband has cancer and the doctors said there was nothing else they could do for him. So me and her other friends tried to find something that would maybe put a smile on her face and then I thought of you all. I know when I resent the plant in the box it was shipped to me in was in great health. And it got to Vancouver Canada in two days from Oklahoma and was suppose to be delivered on the 16th. But since the 13th its been sitting in customs. And as of this date this is what I keep seeing.
    September 13, 2020, 9:16 am
    Held in Customs
    Your item is being held in Customs at 9:16 am on September 13, 2020 in VANCOUVER, CANADA.
    This breaks my heart I am sure by this time there has been damage to it for sitting so long. But I know Plants by Mail sent me a very health beautiful plant I just wish I knew what to do. You have been a great company to deal with and I will surely keep buying from you. But I have one request if you can help me find a way or know of a why for me to put a smile on my friends face and touch her heart please let me know.
    Thank you sincerely Melody Sheldon

    • nick norman

      Thank you for sharing your story. I feel for you in this time of your friend’s grief. I do regret that we are unable to assist you. Certain items will necessarily be held up in other country’s customs as it is not legal to ship certain things between countries for very good reasons, and sometimes even between states. The only suggestion I could offer you is to look up nurseries or flower specialists in Canada and inquire into their knowledge base for finding certain plants in their country for shipment. I hope this helps.

  27. Melody Sheldon (verified owner)


  28. sherry nawrocki (verified owner)

    beautiful plant, packed perfectly, arrived fresh, healthy and ready to plant

  29. lykenu818 (verified owner)

    Plants arrived quickly and were in great condition. Very healthy. They were of good size and even bloomed within a week or so of planting. Will order again.

  30. L. U. (verified owner)

    Plants came quickly and in great condition. Good size, even bloomed within a week or so of planting.

  31. marbr70 (verified owner)

    I am very happy with my purchase! The plant came very quick, well packed and in great condition. At first, I was a bit skeptical because I’ve never purchase plants online. I am glad I did it!

  32. RK (verified owner)

    Few of the leaves of the plant were brown and buds had fallen by the time shipment arrived. Plant is doing well now with new buds forming. Happy with the purchase.

  33. Sarah Smith (verified owner)

    I ordered this for my grandmother. She sent me an email the day she received it and told me how healthy and we’ll packaged it was. I also ordered this during the covid 19 pandemic and expected a delay but to my surprise she received it very quickly.

  34. zibelin (verified owner)

    The fragrances delightful when I opened the box! The plant was healthy and in perfect condition, Could not be more please.

  35. Janice (verified owner)

    Bought this for Mother’s Day gift. Arrived on time and was beautiful .

  36. Catherine (verified owner)

    What can I say? They are perfect! They arrived healthy and are already getting new growth and flowers that have the classic gardenia fragrance. The dark leaves with the classic white flower is exactly what I was hoping for.

  37. Scott Samsel (verified owner)

    Plants arrived with most of the soil separated from the plants. Plants in poor condition. Paid for 7 plants only 6 were delivered. I immediately sent an email upon checking plants at delivery…. took 2 weeks to get this generic form letter asking me for a review. Would not recommend

    • nick norman

      Mr. Samsel,

      I do apologize that you have had frustration with your order. I responded to your email 3 hours after you sent it. It probably was forwarded to your spam folder. This happens depending upon customer’s security settings on their personal webmail. I had asked for some clarification on what you received and had been waiting for you to respond. Please do email me back or call me at 866-618-5659. – Christy

  38. Jerry Winters (verified owner)

    Very pleased with my Jubilation Gardenia and the prompt delivery

  39. Ann Kammerer (verified owner)

    Arrived quickly and in perfect condition. It opened 4 flowers in the first week and was actively growing. The smell is amazing.

  40. hiyamakki (verified owner)

    Lush, healthy plant. It’s now covered in buds and flourishing.

  41. Harry Ortiz (verified owner)

    Beautiful, large and healthy Gardenia. I’m very pleased with my purchase!

  42. John L. (verified owner)

    This is the first time I’ve owned a gardenia. I’ve fallen in love with the Jubilation Gardenian. They are very healthy and they are starting to bloom. I look forward to seeing how they grow as apart of my landscape.

  43. darlene.salisbury (verified owner)

    I addition to my earlier review of today (March 20, 2019)..The picture included on this web page, doesn’t do the plant justice. It is much much fuller then the picture shows. If I could post a photo I would. The way they ship the plants, keeps them very very safe.

  44. darlene.salisbury (verified owner)

    I ordered two 3 gallon Jubilation™ Gardenias. They arrived so healthy. One even has buds. Can’t wait for them to be in full bloom and get to smell their scent. Well done Plants By Mail. I will most likely order from you again.

  45. Pam

    Do the gardenias come in a decorative pot. If not do you sell decorative pots to compliment the plant?

  46. smelton (verified owner)

    Purchased two 3 gallon containers of gardenias. They arrived very quickly and although it is the beginning of November the plants were green and full of leaves. Can’t wait for spring to see the blooms.

  47. asmith1303 (verified owner)

    Received very quickly! The plant had some blooms already (however they were yellow, I’m guessing from being in a box). The soil was still moist and the leaves looked great! Packaged very well.

  48. michellerx1972 (verified owner)

    Beautiful mature plant with blooms that smell so sweet! Packaged very well and arrived quickly.

  49. Val (verified owner)

    Beautiful full 2 gallon plant. already has buds on it. Packaged so well. I’m very excited to have this in my yard.

  50. Doris Davis

    The most beautiful flowers I’ve ever received via mail. They came packaged very well to protect them and shipping was fast so I could get them planted right away. Thank you.

  51. Linda

    Beautiful Plant – Well packaged – Very healthy plant. Can’t wait until there are more blooms on my new plant.

  52. Kay Forrest

    Plant arrived in excellent packaging with a note to water which I did immediately. It has already opened several blooms! I am hoping that it will thrive as a container plant.

  53. Sharon J Everett

    This Gardenia arrived in excellent condition, the greenery was perfect and the flowers were just gorgeous.

  54. Susan

    Beautiful, healthy plants! Well-packaged. I am looking forward to blooms all summer and that wonderful fragrance!

  55. Dixie Lu Kuhn

    Pleasantly surprised at how fresh and healthy my Jubilation Gardenia looked upon arrival! Looking forward to many years of the heavenly scent these beautiful flowers produce.

  56. Lana

    Great, healthy plant. Well packaged and timely delivery. Would order from Plants by Mail again.

  57. Elisabeth StJohn

    Beautiful plants, excellently packaged, arrived in great condition and very timely

  58. Anonymous

    I am very satisfied with the plant. It looks very heathy when I received. Also, plants by mail people are very helpful, answering my question very quickly.

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