Kleim’s Hardy Gardenia

Product Description

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 is seen in South Carolina, the plant may lose some of its leaves in fall making it slightly deciduous.

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 prefers 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.

Kleims Gardenia Care

A 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. Watch for yellowing leaves or sooty mold, which are common diseases and problems that may arise.

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’

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 3 ft
Mature Width 3 ft
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9, 10 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Low maintenance
  • Fragrant
  • Year-round interest
  • Evergreen

Shipping Info

Once your Kleim's Hardy 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 Kleims Hardy 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 Kleims Hardy 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. Flo Pyrate

    It arrived well packaged and undamaged (partly from the packaging and partly from how FedEx treated the package). The plant is still in the original shipping pot but it has some new growth. I’m waiting until spring to plant outdoors.

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  2. Lynsey

    Perfect Plants saved me time and money!

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  3. Olga Moulton

    My gardenia just arrived and it was in great condition. It already has blooms and lots of new buds that will open up to be beautiful flowers. The leaves are a deep shiny green, overall a beautiful healthy plant.
    Will buy again from this company.

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  4. Natalie (verified owner)

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    Very pleased!
    The plants arrived healthy and in good condition.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Natalie, thank you for your order of kleims gardenia. We are happy you are pleased with your new plants and look forward to helping your garden grow in the future! :)

  5. Eric F. (verified owner)

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    Love this plant for its beautiful flowers and the amazing aroma. Plant was so healthy and about to bloom.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Eric, thank you for your order. We are so happy you are pleased with your new Kleims hardy gardenia! Enjoy the delicious aroma!! :)

  6. Alexandra A. (verified owner)

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  7. Kristine P. (verified owner)

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    Beautiful plants very healthy and a wonderful packing job

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Kristine, we sure do value you as a repeat customer and appreciate your business. We are glad you are happy with your Kleims hardy gardenia. Enjoy those blooms!

  8. Jennifer Spainhour (verified owner)

    Big beautiful gardenias! This was my first order from myperfectplants.com & definitely won’t be my last. My plants came well packaged, healthy & huge! They shipped very fast, smell amazing & I can’t wait to plant them!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Jennifer, thank you for your kind review of our Kleims Hardy Gardenia. We are so happy you were pleased with your new shrub! Happy planting!

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