Frost Proof Gardenia

Product Description

This tough Frost Proof gardenia plant 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 time during the summer months.

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.

Fragrant white flower buds resist mid spring frosts without damage and need regular weekly watering during the spring growing season for best results. The surrounding soil must retain moisture to provide these gardenia flowers with the green foliage undersides of this flowering shrub.

Frost Free Gardenia Care:

Gardenia jasminoides frostproof plant thrive best with more direct, full sun compared to other gardenia varieties but can grow in partial sun, or morning sun with afternoon shade if in extreme temperatures with cold snaps. Can also grow in partial shade if you live in a hot area like Florida. Well drained soil is best.

These plant take lots of energy to produce their white flowers and the more acidic soils the better. Gardenias 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 in the correct growing conditions. Perform a soil test if you are unsure about the acidity.

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. A layer of organic mulch or organic matter like peat moss spread a top the planting site will help maintain moisture.

If your gardenia plant isn’t provided the best environment, it can weaken the plant and make it an easy target for spider mites. Insecticidal soap is best to get rid of them. Gardenias require an annual application of slow release fertilizer  to perform best.

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. If planting in the ground, dig a hole double the size of the pot it comes shipped in and backfill with nutrient dense soil.

This frost proof gardenia for sale will arrive as a healthy plant with a sweet scent that you will love! They make perfect cut flowers and can enhance any garden design!

Includes planting instructions but be sure to check out our gardenia grow guide for more information on growing and planting gardenia shrubs! August Beauty Gardenia is another gorgeous gardenia hedge!

Botanical Name

Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Dark Green
Mature Height 5 ft
Mature Width 4 ft
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9, 10 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Fragrant
  • Showy flowers
  • Glossy foliage
  • Deer resistant

Shipping Info

Once your Frost Proof Gardenia order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

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No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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This beautiful Gardenia does well in full sun to partial shade. It can be grown in heavier shade, but more sun is ideal for flower production. It needs weekly, regular watering and may need more in extreme heat.

The Frost Proof Gardenia prefers moist but not soggy, well-drained and acidic soil. Blooms develop best on new growth, so prune in late winter to remove any dead branches and maintain shape.

Multiples should be planted 4 or more feet apart.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Frost Proof Gardenia, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

9 reviews for Frost Proof Gardenia

  1. Jenny Olson

    wonderful plant fast shipping very healthy

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  2. Laura Greer

    Wanted plants for along our porch. We called and asked questions before our order and the staff was very helpful. They took our order over the phone. Plants arrived 4 days later. Very green and lush.

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  3. Vickie Oniel

    Bought 4 and they were all very nicely pruned and very green. Happy with our purchase.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Thank you for your kind review Vickie. These frostproof gardenia plants will be so happy in your garden and will provide fragrant blooms for many seasons to come! Happy planting!

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  6. Patricia G. (verified owner)

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    Plant is beautiful and healthy.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Patricia, thank you so much for your review of the Frost Proof Gardenia. We are glad it arrived safe and sound. Enjoy those fragrant blossoms!

  7. David Cleary (verified owner)

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    I’ve only had the plants (2) for a few weeks now and one is already dying. I have been watering and fertilizing correctly but the one is losing color and leaves are browning and falling off.

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  8. Julie O. (verified owner)

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    Gorgeous! VERY well packed, HEALTHY plants! They’re already blooming! Absolutely top quality!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Julie, thank you for your kind words on our Frost Proof Gardenia shrub. We are so glad they arrived happy and healthy. Enjoy those beautiful fragrant blooms!

  9. Debbi

    Receive my frost proof gardenia today. I couldn’t believe how nice the plant was when it arrived. The plant was tall and full of nice leaves with no broken branches. Let’s hope I can keep it alive.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Debbi, thank you so much for reviewing our Frost Proof Gardenia. We hope you get to enjoy the fragrant blooms in no time! Reach out with any questions you may have.

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