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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

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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Common Name
Jubilation™ Gardenia
Scientific Name
Gardenia jasminoides 'Leeone' PP21983
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Average Size
3-4' H x 3-4' W
Bloom Season
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54 reviews for Jubilation™ Gardenia

  1. 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!

  2. Barbara

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

  3. Melissa Fontaine (verified owner)

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

  4. Sheila Peck (verified owner)

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

  5. 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.

  6. Stacy Webster (verified owner)

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

  7. 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.

  8. Desertwindartist (verified owner)

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

  9. brant (verified owner)

    Healthy plants arrived promptly

  10. Robin Patterson (verified owner)

    Planted in a container and is doing great!

  11. Don Williams (verified owner)

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

  12. 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.

  13. CATHY NORMAN (verified owner)


  14. 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.

  15. 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

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