STEADY AS SHE GOES® Gardenia

Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 2.5-3' Width/Spread: 3-4'

There have been a lot of Gardenia introductions, perhaps too many, but none have combined the level of heat tolerance, continuous blooming, and cold hardiness found in this introduction from Phil Dark. An improvement over the hardy ‘Chuck Hayes’, its fully doubled flowers do not abort in the heat of summer, but just keep coming right up until frost. A stellar performer with a well-branched, compact habit and glossy dark evergreen foliage.

Why grow Steady as She Goes gardenia:

– Improved heat tolerance.

– Continuous blooming.

– Cold hardiness.


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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 'Prince Charles' PP#29,304

Zone

7, 8, 9, 10

Flower Color

White

Foliage Color

Green

Height

2.5-3'

Width/Spread

3-4'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil

Moist

Season of Interest

Spring

Uses

Containers, Specimen

Features

Compact, Deer resistant, Evergreen, Fragrant, Heat tolerant

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