Gardenia

Gardenia jasminoides 'Kleim's Hardy'

Gardenia - Gardenia jasminoides 'Kleim's Hardy'

Common Name: Gardenia
Genus: Gardenia
Species: jasminoides
Cultivar: 'Kleim's Hardy'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Few flowers have a more exotic fragrance than these. They appear in mid summer and autumn above the glossy dark green leaves and fill the air with their heady scent. This is a hardier type than most so it can survive outside in milder winters in sheltered gardens but will need protection in colder parts of the country.

  • Garden care: Keep it potted up if your garden receives hard frosts so it can easily be moved between a sunny patio during the summer and an unheated conservatory or greenhouse in winter. Feed with a balanced liquid feed once a month and water freely with soft water during the growing season but keep the compost reasonably dry throughout winter. Topdress or pot on in ericaceous compost and lightly trim over-long shoots in mid to late spring.