Gardenias

Gardenia Shrubs

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. 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.

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. They need acidic soil to thrive and produce flowers. A pH of 5.0 to 6.0 is ideal. Use a sulfurous additive to lower pH.

These shrubs will have bloom periods throughout spring, summer, and fall. Deadheading spent blooms will encourage new growth to show up.

Check out the Gardenia Grow Guide for information on choosing, planting, and growing your gardenia plants.

Pick a planting site where the exotic fragrance can be enjoyed. Perfect as a single specimen plant, in borders, or mass planted as a hedge.

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Gardenia Care

What Does Gardenia Smell Like?

Gardenias have a sweet perfume smell to them that brings the South straight to you.

Are Gardenias Perennials?

Yes, gardenias are perennials so they will come back year after year. The best way to ensure they will thrive for many years is by providing the proper gardenia care and maintenance. 

How to Plant Gardenias

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. 

Where to Plant Gardenias

Gardenias can be planted in zones 7-11 varying on the variety you choose. 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!

How to Care for Gardenias

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 Big Do Gardenias Get?

The average gardenia size is around 2-12 ft tall depending on the gardenia variety you choose.

How to Grow Gardenias

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. 

What is the Best Gardenia Soil?

The best soil type for gardenias is a soil that is nutrient and well-draining. Gardenias do prefer slightly acidic soil so our Acidic Potting Soil is best for amending the soil or planting gardenias in pots. 

Best Fertilizer for Gardenias

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.

How Much Sun Do Gardenias Need?

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!

When Do Gardenias Bloom?

Each variety of gardenia has a different bloom time. Gardenias can bloom from spring until fall. To increase blooms you should be deadheading gardenias once the flowers have died.

How to Prune Gardenias

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.

When to Prune Gardenias

The best time to prune gardenias is after they finish flowering in late fall or winter. 

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.

Are Gardenias Poisonous to Dogs?

Gardenias are toxic to dogs and other animals. They can cause mild vomiting and diarrhea.