Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 3-5' Width/Spread: 4-7'

A tidy little habit filled with big, doubled blooms. There’s nothing quite like the elegance and convenience Pillow Talk gardenia brings to the front of the garden. With a wider-than-tall habit and healthy dark evergreen foliage, it’s the perfect plant for using as edging or a low hedge. Its fragrant flowers arrive in profusion in the spring, filling the air with its spicy, heady scent. You’ll love the way it performs beautifully in containers and in full sun, even in Florida.

Why grow Pillow Talk gardenia?
– Useful, low habit
– Plentiful blooms in spring
– Performs well in heat


Light: Thrives in a spot that is situated in direct sunlight for a minimum of four hours and up to all day exposure.

Soil: Pretty particular about soil. Really enjoys growing in moist, fertile, acidic soil.

Water: Enjoys moist soil.

Fertilizing: Has high nutrient needs. Apply a fertilizer formulated for plants that enjoy acidic soil at least once in the spring.

Pruning: Pruning is hardly ever needed, as it sets flowers on old wood. You can cut dead wood out in the springtime or prune it to shape in the late spring after it is done flowering.

Other: Due to a slight sensitivity to changes in heat and enjoyment of moist soil, it benefits from a layer of mulch.

Botanical Name

Gardenia jasminoides 'SMNGDUO' PP#35,036


7, 8, 9, 10

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Acidic, Moist, Well-drained

Season of Interest



Borders, Containers, Cottage gardens, Foundations, Low Hedges


Compact, Deer resistant, Evergreen, Fragrant, Heat tolerant, Winter Interest

Blooms on

Old wood

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