A reblooming gardenia keeps the fragrant flowers coming through spring and summer. First Editions Sweet Tea gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides ‘PIIGA-II’) unfurls tennis ball size double blooms on plants that grow 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. Site plants in full sun to part shade. This gardenia makes a nice hedge or specimen shrub. Place it near outdoor seating areas so you can enjoy the fragrance. Hardy in Zones 7-9.
The classic corsage flower, gardenia delivers fragrance—and ‘Sweet Tea’ is no exception. Pure white, tennis ball-size blooms contrast beautifully with waxy, deep green leaves. Plants grow 3 to 5 feet tall and wide, with a strong upright shape. The secret to a happy gardenia in the landscape is thick mulch, no soil disturbance (roots like to be left alone) and monthly feeding with an acid fertilizer, blood meal or fish emulsion. Grow ‘Sweet Tea’ as a hedge, or tuck it in a pot you can place beside your favorite outdoor seat to keep the perfume close at hand. Hardy in Zones 7 to 10.
The classic corsage flower, gardenia delivers on fragrance—many times over. Pure white blooms contrast beautifully with waxy, deep green leaves. Plants grow 2 to 8 feet tall and wide, depending on type. The secret to a happy gardenia in the landscape is thick mulch, no soil disturbance (roots like to be left alone) and monthly feeding with an acid fertilizer, blood meal or fish emulsion. Hardy in Zones 7 to 10.
Double blooms adorn this favorite fragrant bloomer. This is a dwarf variety that grows 2 feet tall and up to 4 feet wide. Indoors, raise plants in terra-cotta pots to help prevent root rot. Water only when soil is dry. Bright light near a south, east or western window is ideal. For best flowering, provide a temperature difference of 10 to 15 degrees between day and night. Botanical name: Gardenia jasminoides ‘Crown Jewel’
Lattice-inspired wallpaper and a large floral painting animate this boho-tropical dining room. Pink throw pillows add the perfect pop of color, while all-white furniture and mixed seating feels fresh and lively.
In this multi-level pool design from Georgia Classic Pool that features an array of beautifully crafted stonework, the surrounding borders enhance the private paradise ambiance with plantings of palm trees, knockout roses, gardenias and dwarf mondo grasses.
Stems of many tropical or potted plants such as angel trumpet (Brugmansia) and Coleus are easy to root in buckets of filled with four or five inches of water. Roots often form within two or three weeks. This works also for some landscape shrubs including fragrant Gardenia and variegated Acuba.
For intense fragrance, grow this jasmine. It typically flowers spring through fall, but tosses open blooms in winter, too, if growing conditions provide warmth and sun. Give it a spot near a southern-facing window. The perfume is similar to gardenia. Plants may be slow to bloom the first year. Just wait—the flower show kicks into gear as plants age. Botanical name: Jasminum azoricum