Gardenia 'Frost Proof' Description
Enjoy the incomparable beauty and unforgettable fragrance of gardenia, even in zone 7! 'Frost Proof' gardenia grows in cooler areas than conventional gardenias, and its blooms hold up to the occasional nip of frost that sometimes coincides with their spring bloom. Dozens of big, white flowers emerge from among the deep green, glossy foliage, providing that classic look - and the amazing fragrance - that makes gardenias such an iconic plant of warmer climates.
If you live in a cold climate, you can grow gardenias in a container for the summer and keep them in a cool, bright spot indoors over winter. For more tips on growing indoors and out, scroll down to the planting guide section below.
Special features: fragrant, deer resistant, evergreen, heat tolerant.
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- Botanical name:
Gardenia jasminoides'Frost Proof'
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- Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10
- Sun exposure:
Sun, Part shade
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Jumbo 1 quart
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- Height x width:
4-5' x 4-5'
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Flower gardens, Wildlife gardens, Native plant gardens
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Soil: Gardenias need moist but well-drained soil; they don't tolerate dry conditions, particularly when they are in bloom. They also prefer soil to be on the acidic side and benefit from a good layer of mulch to keep the roots cool.
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average moisture is preferred. Plants will do best if they get supplemental irrigation, particularly during hot, dry weather.
Spacing: 3 feet
Fertilizing: Apply a granular flowering shrub or rose fertilizer in early spring and again in late spring if desired.
Winterizing: Though 'Frost Proof' is hardier than most gardenias, it is best sited out of prevailing winds in zone 7, and in all areas, benefits from a good 3" layer of shredded bark mulch.
Maintenance & pruning: Little pruning is required; prune after the main bloom in late spring if desired. If you wish to grow gardenias indoors, they must be placed in very cool, very bright conditions, and should not be allowed to dry out. A sunroom, conservatory, or enclosed porch is far preferable to normal indoor conditions. Plants should be moved outdoors during warm weather for best results.
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