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Favorite Large Gardenia Varieties

Popular Gardenias, Popular Gardenia Varieties, Large Gardenias, Hardy Gardenias


Beloved for their intoxicating fragrance and attractive, waxy, creamy-white flowers contrasting beautifully with their shiny, leathery, dark green leaves, Gardenias are irresistible heat-loving evergreen shrubs or trees. Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia, Australasia and Oceania, Gardenias are not the easiest shrubs to grow, but their exquisite fragrant flowers make up for the extra attention they require.

Over 200 Gardenia varieties are available in a wide range of height, flower size and color, leaf size and color, blooming time and duration and shrub habit. Gardenia plants usually grow from 2 to 12 ft tall and wide (60 - 360 cm), depending on the variety. 

Here is the list of the most popular Large Gardenia cultivars. They make wonderful evergreen accent shrubs and exquisitely fragrant hedges. Plant them where you will be able to enjoy their perfume daily: near a doorway, along a path, near your patio or deck.

Guide Information

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 8 - 12
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Gardenia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 8 - 12
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Gardenia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden
Compare All Gardenia Great Plant Combination Ideas with Gardenia Guides with Gardenia

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