• Gardenia - Frost Proof

‘Frostproof’ is a prolific bloomer of fragrant 2-3” flowers. Easy-to-grow and bloom, this new cultivar has a distinctive cup in the middle of the blossom, and the blooming season lasts from spring to fall. The plant has a nice symmetrical upright form with very attractive narrow green foliage that’s about half the size of standard gardenia leaves. It can be maintained at a compact 12-14” tall in a pot, but grows to about 3’ tall outdoors. It requires moist, somewhat acidic, soil and full to partial sun. As the name implies, it’s more tolerant of early frosts. Hardy to zone 6 with protection. Deer resistant. Wonderful hedge or foundation planting. Place close to outdoor living areas or entryways to enjoy the fragrance. Plant in mass to screen walls and fences or include with other fragrant bloomers in a container planting. Plant with other more cold hardy tropical plants like Hibiscus, Elephant Ears and Lantana. Combine in a fragrant planter with sweet smelling Jasmine, Lavender and Sage.

-From The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

Plant Profile
Botanical Name Gardenia jasminoides 'frostproof'
Features A more upright habit, supporting shiny, dark green leaves and fragrant, white 2 to 3 inch flowers make this a fine hedge or foundation plant that thrives with more direct sun than other varieties. Flower buds resist late spring frosts without damage.
Exposure Fall sun to partial sun
Hardiness Zone USDA Zones 7 to 10
Mature Size 3-4' Tall, 3-6' Wide
Care Tips
Cultivation Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering. Pruning time: summer after flowering.

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