This tough Frost Proof gardenia variety is known for keeping its fragrant blooms even in unexpected freezing weather. If you’re looking for an elegant hedge or foundation plant that won’t lose its flowers even after late spring frosts, this is the perfect plant for you.
The Gardenia shrub features a more upright growing habit that supports shiny, dark green leaves and fragrant white, 2 to 3 inch flower bulbs. This gardenia simply smells amazing while in bloom during the summer.
Gardenia jasminoides plants thrive best with more direct, full sun compared to other varieties but can grow in partial sun if in extreme temperatures with cold snaps. Can also grow in partial shade or afternoon shade if you live in a hot area like Florida.
The Frostproof gardenia size can be maintained as small as 12-14 inches tall in a pot or container, but grows to about 3 feet tall outdoors. This slow growing frost proof gardenia plant will eventually grow up to 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide at maturity after several years.
Flower buds resist mid spring frosts without damage and need regular weekly watering for best results. The soil must retain moisture to provide these Gardenia flowers with the green foliage undersides.
These plant take lots of energy to produce their white flowers and the more acidic soils do best. They prefer their soil pH to be between 5.5 and 6.5. You can do this by adding sulfur or other acidifying components to lower the pH. Home gardeners can find these at your local gardening center if you do not have access to it. This is the only special care this plant takes to grow gardenias.
This evergreen shrub grows best in plant hardiness zones 7-10 in the southern United States. The growing zones indicate that it has cold hardiness qualities but cannot withstand intense winter weather like up north.
Frost proof Gardenia care is easy to master and worth it for the breathtaking, sweet smelling double flowers that light up your landscape in summertime. When the plant arrives, be sure to spread out roots in root ball to encourage fast growth when you are planting. Organic mulch or matter spread a top the planting site will help maintain moisture.
You can grow these gardenias as potted plants. Choose a container double the size of the nursery container and be sure to pot up when the pot becomes too small.
This frost proof gardenia for sale will arrive as a healthy plant with a sweet scent that you will love!
Check out our gardenia grow guide here!
Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof'
- Showy flowers
- Glossy foliage
- Deer resistant