Frostproof Gardenia

Product Description

This tough gardenia variety is known for keeping its 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 Frostproof Gardenia features a more upright 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.

Frostproof Gardenia thrives best with more direct, full sun compared to other varieties but can grow in partial sun if in extreme temperatures. It can be maintained as small as a compact 12-14 inches tall in a pot or container, but grows to about 3 feet tall outdoors. This slow growing frost proof gardenia will eventually grow up to 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide at maturity after several years.

Flower buds resist late 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.

Frostproof Gardenia care is easy to master and worth it for the breathtaking, sweet smelling white flowers that light up your landscape in summetime.

 

Check out our gardenia grow guide here!

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 Frostproof 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.

upside down test

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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Care

FROST PROOF GARDENIA CARE:

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.

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS:

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!

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenny Olson

    wonderful plant fast shipping very healthy

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vickie Oniel

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

    • Perfect Plants

      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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