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Variegated Gardenia
The large, glossy, variegated cream-white leaves edged in dark green are truly striking on what has to be the most unique Gardenia variety we've grown. more details below!

Variegated Gardenia

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Variegated Gardenia
Gardenia jasminoides 'Variegata'

The large, glossy, variegated cream-white leaves edged in dark green are truly striking on what has to be the most unique Gardenia variety we've grown. What's more, from late spring to summer the Variegated Gardenia produces an abundance of waxy, ivory colored double blooms. These 2-3" blooms are somewhat lost against the bright foliage but you'll know they're there when you catch a whiff of their intoxicating sweet aroma. There's nothing like the fragrance of gardenia. The flowers and foliage are excellent for cutting to use in indoor flower arrangements. We've found this one to be a little slower growing than some of its faster growing cousins, which doesn't bother us!

Gardenia are exceptionally easy to grow in well-drained, moist soils of average fertility and part shade. As with so many other ornamental plants, constantly soggy or wet soils can cause root rot or other plant diseases. Gardenias make good container plants and can be enjoyed indoors where not winter hardy. We recommend providing some afternoon shade or filtered sun. In our gardens we plant Gardenias where they will receive morning to early afternoon sun with mid-afternoon shade or filtered sun. Late afternoon and evening sun is okay. The east side of the home or other tall structure is a perfect spot for a Gardenia. 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.

Testing Soil pH  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.

Plant Details & Attributes

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8a-11   Find Your Zone >
Shrub Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  4-5'
Width at Maturity: 3-4'
Spacing:  3' for solid hedge;  6'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Dense, Upright 
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  2-3"
Flowering Period:  Late-Spring, Summer
Flower Type:  Double
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes - extremely fragrant!
Foliage Color:  White edged in Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity, Insect
Sun Needs:  Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade or Filtered Sun, All Day Filtered Sun
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


The dense, upright form and attractive foliage of the Variegated Gardenia make it a fine selection for use in garden beds as a specimen, in groupings, or as a hedge. It makes for a bright and colorful accent in home foundation plantings, preferable on the east side of the home (the side the sun rises on). Make sure to plant these fragrant wonders near outdoor sitting areas or open windows near the home where the fragrance can be enjoyed!

Landscape / Garden Uses:  Containers/Planters, Flowering Shrub Border, Focal Point, Groupings, Hedges, Home Foundation Plantings, Mass Planting, Landscape Borders, Specimen, Woodland Border

Theme Gardens:  Asian/Japanese Gardens, Cottage Gardens, Cut Flower Gardens, Fragrance Gardens, Perennial Gardens, Rock Gardens, Tropical Look Gardens

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