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 feet tall and 3 feet wide at maturity. No pruning required! However, feel free to provide a light trim after its first bloom cycle of the year has

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 or 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 Confederate 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.

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

Why Buy Plants from PlantsbyMail.com?

We love our plants and we know you will too! We carefully mature them into their pots and ship them only when they’re ready to go. All of our plants are shipped in the pots that they were grown in, and never bare-root. If you have any issues with your Jubilation Gardenia on arrival, just let us know at 1-866-618-5659 or [email protected]. We’ll do whatever we can to make it right and make sure you’re happy with your order.

Here’s a PBM Blog post on Gardenia care tips

Common Name
Jubilation™ Gardenia
Scientific Name
Gardenia jasminoides 'Leeone' PP21983
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32 reviews for Jubilation™ Gardenia

  1. 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.

  2. Elisabeth StJohn

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

  3. Lana

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

  4. 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.

  5. Susan

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

  6. Sharon J Everett

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

  7. 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.

  8. Linda

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. michellerx1972 (verified owner)

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Pam

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Harry Ortiz (verified owner)

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

  19. hiyamakki (verified owner)

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

  20. 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.

  21. Jerry Winters (verified owner)

    Very pleased with my Jubilation Gardenia and the prompt delivery

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. Janice (verified owner)

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

  25. zibelin (verified owner)

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. L. U. (verified owner)

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

  30. 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.

  31. sherry nawrocki (verified owner)

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

  32. Melody Sheldon (verified owner)

    I SENT THIS AS A GIFT TO MY SIS FOR HER BIRTHDAY. SHE HAD GOTTEN OTHER GARDENIAS IN THE PASS AND THEY ALL DIED ON HER. BUT THIS PLANT FROM YOU IS NOT ONLY DOING GREAT BUT NEVER LOST ONE LEAVE FROM MAILING. AND IT BLOOMED A FEW DAYS LATER. NEED LESS TO SAY SHE IS THRILLED WITH HER PLANT AND LOOKS FORWARD TO SEEING IT GROW AND BLOOM MANY MORE TIMES THE NEXT FEW YEAR. THANK YOU FOR MAKING HER SO HAPPY AND SENDING A HEALTH BEAUTIFUL PLANT.

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