The Gardenia is one of the most fragrant flowering shrubs in the garden. Mass planted, the perfume can waft through the air for many metres. They can be grown as a semi formal hedge but keep in mind some problems: the flowers don’t age well at all, to look at their best they need a good amount of fertiliser and they are more inclined to get leggy at the base.
Biggest Positive: The pure white flowers and beautiful scent through most of summer
Biggest Negative: Unfortunately the positive is somewhat outweighed by the maintenance nightmare that is “dead-heading”. To keep it looking its best you will have to do it
Name Gardenia Augusta Florida, Radicans
Leaf New Glossy Green
Old Glossy Green
Flower Colour White
Time of Year November-December, smaller flush in February-March
Ageing Not good. Attractive and sweet smelling they are, but they age to a dirty brown and don't fall, making them a dead heading nightmare.
Size Height 0.8m - 1.5m
Width 0.7 - 1m