Gardenia – Hungry but Beautiful
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