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 there will likely be a couple of issues.
Firstly, the flowers don’t age well at all. Dead heading will be required for your Gardenia hedge to look its best when flowing late in Spring and into Summer. Gardenias are also inclined to look very “leggy” at the base, particularly when they’re not in full sun. Lastly, feed them up with plenty of fertiliser to give them the best chance to look their best.
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|
|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|