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Gardenias are a familiar shrub throughout the south, known for their intoxicating fragrance and beauty. Named after the Scottish naturalist Alexander Garden, gardenias were first introduced to the United States in the 18th century, arriving in Charleston. Since then, gardenia’s have made their way to Virginia, Florida, and every state in between.

If you want to incorporate gardenias into your landscape, our experts at Fairview Garden Center can help you find the perfect variety.

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Gardenias: Traditional, Fun and Fragrant

Gardenias (Gardenia jasminoides) are a woody, evergreen shrub in the Rubiaceae (coffee) family. The flowers, often white or cream-colored, are known for their captivating fragrance—making them a favorite among gardeners. Gardenias can grow throughout USDA Zones 8–11, though some newer varieties have thrived in Zones 6 and 7.

Gardenias are widely popular because of their versatility but aren’t considered as a low-maintenance plant. Whether you grow gardenias in a garden bed or a container on your balcony or patio, this gorgeous plant is an excellent choice for spring and summer.

Gardenias require proper care and attention to flourish.

  • Sunlight: Gardenias prefer partial shade with filtered sunlight. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight, especially the harsh afternoon sun in hotter climates.
  • Soil: Well-draining, acidic soil is best. Keep the soil consistently moist, not waterlogged.
  • Watering: Gardenias are susceptible to root rot, so avoid overwatering.
  • Fertilization: Fertilize gardenias after the last frost. Consider getting a soil test done for your garden beds to identify the best fertilizer for your plants.
  • Pruning: Regular pruning encourages new growth and maintains the shape of a gardenia plant. Remove dead or yellowing leaves, and spent flowers.

We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite gardenia varieties. If you’re looking for something specific, contact us today for assistance.

  • Gardenia jasminoides ‘Belmont
  • Gardenia jasminoides ‘Chuck Hayes’
  • Gardenia jasminoides ‘Frostproof’