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The sweet smell of the South can be found in gardenia blossoms!
We proudly offer a wide selection of types of gardenias to buy online. From the more traditional Frostproof Gardenia to the August Beauty Gardenia, these fragrant white blooms are sure to turn heads when planted in your landscape.
If you are looking for something a little different... check out the Kleims Hardy Gardenia for the same, tantalizing scent but with flatter, wider flower blossoms. The dwarf Radican Gardenia can also provide the same look of a gardenia plant but with a smaller, denser size. It only gets up to 2-3 feet tall and wide. Perfect for small spaces!
The evergreen foliage of these dense flowering shrubs will keep your landscape looking green even through winter. Perfect as a single specimen plant, in borders, or mass planted as a hedge, these fragrant shrubs will have bloom periods throughout spring, summer, and fall. Deadheading spent gardenia blooms will encourage new growth to show up.
Check out the Gardenia Grow Guide for information on choosing, planting, and growing your gardenia plants.
When Do Gardenias Bloom?
Each variety of gardenia has a different bloom time. Gardenias can bloom from late spring until fall and each bloom can last several weeks, providing you with the scent of amazing gardenias. To increase blooms you should be deadheading gardenias once the flowers have died.
Are Gardenias Poisonous to Dogs & Cats? Do Deer Eat Gardenias?
Gardenias are toxic to dogs, cats, horses, and other animals. They can cause mild vomiting and diarrhea. As such
Are Gardenias Perennials?
Yes, gardenias are considered woody perennial shrubs and grow best come back year after year.
What Does a Gardenia Smell Like?
The scent of amazing Gardenias bushes is very fragrant. Gardenias have a strong, sweet perfume smell and fresh floral aroma, with hints of greenness and coconut. They have a familiar scent to them that brings the southern summer straight to you. Pick a planting site where the exotic fragrance can be enjoyed.
How Big Do Gardenias Get?
The average gardenia size is around 3 to 5 feet tall with some gardenia bushes growing up to 12 feet tall, depending on the gardenia variety you choose.
Care for a Gardenia
To care for your newly planted gardenia you will want to make sure that you keep the soil moist,
but not soggy. They don't like wet feet! You will also need to make sure that your gardenia is getting the proper amount of light of at least 4-6 hours daily. Lastly, you will need to take extra precautions for gardenia care in winter. When preparing your plant for winter, provide a two-inch layer base of mulch to keep the roots warm and cover if the weather is colder than normal.
How to Care for Gardenias in Pots
A gardenia potted plant will need to have well-draining soil, the container must also have a drainage hole and you will want to provide a layer of mulch at the base of the plant. For potted gardenia care, you will need to change the top soil yearly and the entire soil biannually. Gardenias like soil that is rich in nutrients to provide the blooms with what they need to bud and flower.
How to Plant Gardenias & Help Them Grow
Growing gardenias is easy and will give your yard a heavenly scent. When growing gardenias you want to make sure the soil is well-draining and that your tree gets at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily.
Planting gardenias is easy too! Gardenias like to be planted a little higher than normal. Dig a hole that is twice the size of the root ball. Then pack in a couple of inches of soil at the bottom of the hole and place the plant in it. Backfill with the same soil that you removed from the planting hole until the root ball is covered. Water the plant thoroughly until it gets established, then you can cut back on watering. A thick layer of mulch will help to retain moisture during the active growing seasons and helps insulate the root zone during winter.
What Fertilizer for Gardenias is Best?
When fertilizing a gardenia, it is best to use an all purpose fertilizer or natural fertilizer such as compost. Gardenia plant food additions such as coffee grounds can possibly help acidify the soil.
The best soil type for gardenias is a soil that is nutrient and well-draining. Gardenias need acidic soil to thrive and produce flowers, where a pH of 5.0 to 6.0 is ideal. Our Acidic Potting Soil is best for amending the soil or planting gardenias in pots.
Check out our Liquid Fertilizer for Gardenias for an all purpose liquid blend to magnify blooms and glossy foliage.
Where to Plant Gardenias
Plant these gardenia shrubs across the United States in USDA growing zones 7-10. Check your zones before purchasing because some plant hardiness zones will vary. They are more adaptable in the southern states but some varieties can handle some cold hardiness.
Once you have the best gardenia for your area you’ll need to know the gardenias growing conditions. Gardenias need at least 4-6 hours of sunlight daily and should be planted in well-draining soil. A planting spot with morning sun and afternoon shade is best!
The best time to prune gardenias is after they finish flowering in late fall or winter.
When pruning gardenias start by pruning off any dead, diseased, or broken branches. Then deadhead any spent flowers to ensure blooms for the following year. You can prune the gardenia plant to any desired size and shape you find attractive.
Why are the Leaves of My Gardenia Turning Yellow?
Usually this means that the gardenia is not getting enough sunlight. Gardenia leaves will turn yellow or brown when a gardenia isn't getting enough sun or too much.
How Much Sun Do Gardenias Need?
Gardenia bushes prefer full sun to partial shade and can benefit from having some of both if you live in a warmer area with hot afternoon sun. Gardenias need 4-8 hours of sunlight to thrive. A planting site with morning sun and afternoon shade is best to protect the gardenia from the blistering sun. Gardenias are very adaptable to many soil sites though so don't be discouraged. Give the gardenia plant a shot!
Gardenia Companion Plants
It’s easy to incorporate gardenia into your landscape, due to its white flowers and green foliage. Gardenias can be paired with other flowering shrubs such as roses. Or they can be paired with another gardenia shrub.