Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionGardenia is a staple for many gardeners. Their beautiful blooms and sweet fragrance make them an irresistible garden addition, and Steady as She Goes™ gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) is no exception. Boasting improved heat tolerance, Steady as She Goes™ thrives even when summer temps rise! Add its cold hardiness and continuous blooms into the mix, and this gardenia proves itself to be something extra special.
Each spring, this pretty little shrub's shiny evergreen foliage is topped with dozens of white fully double blooms. These fragrant blooms are never-ending, staying strong through bad weather and lasting until frost. Grows well in sun, part sun, and shade. This gardenia is incredibly reliable and, even more than that, virtually worry-free! Steady as She Goes™ may be our favorite gardenia yet!DetailsBotanical name:Gardeniajasminoides'Prince Charles' Patent #: USPP 29,304 Common name: Gardenia Zone: 7 – 10 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun), Part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 3-5' tall x 4-7′ wide Flower color: White Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Spring-Summer Bloom time: Spring, fall Features: Rare & unusual, Proven Winners, heat tolerant, fragrant, evergreens, deer resistant Uses: Flower gardens, wildlife gardens, native plant garden How To GrowSoil: 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: 5 ft Fertilizing: Apply a granular flowering shrub or rose fertilizer in early spring and again in late spring if desired. Winterizing: For the best-looking foliage, plant gardenias out of the path of strong, drying winds. They benefit 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.