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Fall In Love Gardenia
Wilson Bros Gardens is excited to introduce the Fall In Love™ Hardy Gardenia, another fabulous introduction from Wilson Bros Nursery. There's a two-fold meaning to this one's name. More details below!

Fall In Love Gardenia

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Fall In Love Gardenia
Gardenia jasminoides 'Fall In Love '

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7a-11 (6a-6b?)  Find Your Zone >


Note:   For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8a, where this Gardenia variety is not winter hardy outdoors, you can enjoy it in containers that can be moved indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.




Special Attributes

Wilson Bros Gardens is excited to introduce the Fall In Love™ Hardy Gardenia, another fabulous introduction from Wilson Bros Nursery. There's a two-fold meaning to this one's name. Aside from the fact that you'll "fall in love" with its super-fragrant, double flowers with seven outer pinwheel petals and the large and lustrous dark green leaves, Fall In Love™ blooms in both spring and fall in our gardens. 

When grown in containers Fall In Love™ blooms from mid to late spring through early summer, and again with a heavy bloom cycle in fall! When growing in the ground Fall In Love will bloom two to four cycles from late spring into summer! The first two bloom cycles being heavy, and the third and forth cycles light to moderate. In some years, here in USDA Zone 8a, when growing in the ground, we've noticed light to moderate flowering in the fall, especially when the fall saeson is late to arrive. In USDA Zones 8b-9b, and possibly even farther south, a heavier bloom cycle can be expected in the months of October and November.

What do the flowers of the Fall In Love Gardenia smell like? Words simply can't describe the cloud of intoxicating perfume. One thing for sure, if there were other plants that produces flowers that smelled like gardenias, they'd be a rage among gardeners as well.

Hardiness is unrivaled. The Fall In Love™ Gardenia we've had growing outdoors in a large container since 2008 has sailed right through the coldest winters (3 degrees F) with little to no cold damage or fading of foliage. The leaves remain dark green and lustrous year round. The Fall in Love we've had growing in the ground since 2008 receives direct full sun until 4:00 in the afternoon, is planted away from any structures, yet has remained unscathed from the coldest blustery days of winter and the hottest, driest summers. All of that said, in the more northern USDA Zones 7a and 7b we recommend some protection from the colder northern winds of winter. A location close to the home on the east or south facing side.  




Landscape & Garden Uses

At 4 to 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide with a dense, mounding form, and considering its cold hardiness, we have no problem recommending Fall In Love™ for home foundation plantings, where long term hardiness is a concern. The parent plant is over 50 years old - and that's old for a gardenia! Fall In Love™ also serves well as a hedge around decks, patios and porches or grouped together in landscape beds, and is ideal for use in containers. Whatever you do, make sure to plant your Fall In Love Gardenia near outdoor sitting areas or open windows near the home where the fragrance can be enjoyed. Feel free to plant it anywhere in the landscape that gets at least 3 hours or more of direct sun each day.

Spacing:  4' for solid hedge;  8'+ for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Gardenia are exceptionally easy to grow in moist but well-drained soils of average fertility and part sun, preferably morning sun with some shade or filtered sun in the mid afternoon hours. As with so many other ornamental plants, constantly soggy or wet soils can cause root rot or other plant diseases. The east side of the home or other tall structure is a perfect spot. USDA Zones: 8a-11   Find Your Zone >


Soil pH is important!

To flower their best and maintain deep green foliage color, all Gardenia require an acid to moderately acid soil ranging from 4.5 to 6.0 on the pH scale. If your soil is alkaline foliage will turn pale-green to yellow and flowering will be diminished.

Soil pH is a measurement of the alkalinity or acidity of soil and is measured on a scale of 1-14, with 7 as the neutral mark. Any measurement below 7 indicates acid soil conditions, and anything above 7 indicates alkaline. If you're unsure about the pH of your soil and whether or not it's suitable for growing Gardenia it's a good idea to test the soil pH in the planting area. You can quickly test soil pH with an inexpensive soil pH tester probe. To raise the pH (make more alkaline) you can add pelletized limestone to the soil. To lower the pH (make more acid) you can apply Soil SulfurAluminum Sulfate, or Chelated Iron. Adding organic compost to the soil or using compost as mulch can also help to increase acidity and maintain acid soil conditions.





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Plant Details & Attributes

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7a-11 (6a-6b?)  Find Your Zone >
Shrub Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  4-5'
Width at Maturity: 5'
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Dense, Mounding
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Large 3" +
Flowering Period:  Mid- to Late-Spring, Early Summer, and Fall...In Love! 
Flower Type:  Double with 4 outer Pinwheels
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes - extremely fragrant!
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade or Filtered Sun is best
Water Needs:  Average, lower when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  4.5- 6.0 (Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity, Insect




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