Kleim's Hardy Gardenia Shrub

Kleim's Hardy Gardenia Shrub

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Dwarf Gardenia Puts off Showy Flowers with a Heavenly Scent

The Kleim’s Hardy Gardenia shrub offers an unrivaled display with its exotic, creamy white flowers and intoxicating aroma.

The hardiest of the gardenia jasminoides family, this dwarf-sized evergreen shrub offers a beautiful option for low-growing gardenias in containers, raised beds, and in the foreground of borders or foundation plantings. Even when not in bloom, the glossy dark green leaves will remain visually appealing year-round.

Blooming in late spring to early summer, the white flower buds and fragrant blooms will light up any planting site, entryway, or patio for anyone who walks by. A popular evergreen shrub with thick leaves that are seen in South Carolina, the plant may lose some of its leaves in fall making it slightly deciduous.

Kleim’s Hardy Gardenia Planting

Grow this flowering shrub sometimes called Cape Jasmine across the United States in USDA growing zones 7-10. Only a slightly cold hardy gardenia, the Kleims prefer warmer climates of the South.

The best planting time is early spring or fall. It can grow up to  2-3 feet tall and wide at full maturity making it an excellent small flowering plant.

Although tolerant of a wide variety of soils, Kleim’s Hardy Gardenia performs best in slightly acidic soils, which are well-draining soils with plenty of organic matter rich with nutrients.  Plant the Kleims gardenia in an area where it can receive full sun to partial shade. More afternoon shade may be required during the hottest seasons of the year but the morning sun is best.

Planting the Gardenia Kleim’s is easy. It is an acid-loving plant that is fairly low maintenance; however, it requires a little bit of TLC during the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. This care includes watering gardenias thoroughly and mulching with material such as compost or peat moss.


A Liquid Fertilizer for Gardenias or slow-release acid fertilizer in early spring can also help the hardy gardenia jasminoides kleim hardy during the first few years against pests and diseases. 

It is best to prune this shrub only after it has flowered since pruning sooner will remove its potential flower buds. Prune the gardenia by deadheading the spent flower blossoms so new fragrant flowers can appear during the growing season.

It is not recommended to grow your gardenia indoors although we have heard positive stories of this being possible as long as it receives enough sunlight.

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Botanical Name
Gardenia jasminoides ‘Kleim’s Hardy’

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Foliage Color

Flower Color

Mature Width
3 ft

Mature Height
3 ft

Growing Zones7, 8, 9, 10

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Great condition

Came in great condition. Took well to reporting in acidic soil mixed with perlite.


Perfect Plants Nursery

Hi there, So glad to hear your Kleim's Hardy Gardenia arrived in great condition and is thriving after being repotted. It's great when a plant takes well to its new home! Keep up the good work, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any more questions or want to share more about your plant journey. Happy planting! Best, Shirley

United States United States

Excellent quality

Shipping and plants were great.


Perfect Plants Nursery

Thank you for your feedback adn Kleim’s Hardy Gardenia Shrub order.

thomas h.

Beautiful and nice sized plants.


Perfect Plants Nursery

We truly appreciate your comments, Thomas. Hope you enjoy your Kleim’s Hardy Gardenia Shrub for many years to come. See you around!

Cyndi S.


Perfect Plants Nursery

Thank you for your Kleim’s Hardy Gardenia Shrub order. All the best.

Roxanne F.

Smells wonderful and the flowers are beautiful and clean. Large enough that I broke off part of the plant as a start; one for a pot and one in the ground.


Perfect Plants Nursery

Thank you Roxanne for your thoughtful comments. Nice work! Hope everything is going well with your Kleim’s Hardy Gardenia Shrub. See you around!

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