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Fall In Love Cold Hardy Gardenia - 1 Gallon Pot
Perhaps the most cold hardy gardenia on earth, the Fall In Love Gardenia is another fabulous Wilson Bros Introduction available exclusively from Wilson Bros Gardens. There's a two-fold meaning as to why we named it "Fall In Love." Aside from the fact that you'll "fall in love" with its super-fragrant double flowers and the large and lustrous dark green leaves, Fall In Love blooms in both spring and "fall" in our gardens. Get all the details below!

Fall In Love Cold Hardy Gardenia - 1 Gallon Pot

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SIZE: 1 GALLON POT
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1 $39.97
2 - 3 $36.77
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Fall In Love Gardenia
Gardenia jasminoides  'Fall In Love' TM

USDA Plant 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 reliably 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

Perhaps the most cold hardy gardenia on earth, the Fall In Love Gardenia is another fabulous Wilson Bros Introduction available exclusively from Wilson Bros Gardens. There's a two-fold meaning as to why we named it "Fall In Love." Aside from the fact that you'll "fall in love" with its super-fragrant double flowers 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 Gardenia blooms from mid to late spring through early summer and then reblooms in fall. When growing in the ground Fall In Love will bloom two to four cycles from late spring well into summer...the first two bloom cycles being heavy, and the third and forth cycles light to moderate. That said, on plants growing in the ground, in some years we've noticed light to moderate flowering in the fall, especially when the fall season 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 and you can smell them from 100 feet away. One thing for sure, if there were other plants that produced flowers that smelled like those of the Fall In Love Gardenia they'd be a rage among gardeners as well.

Cold hardiness of the Fall In Love Gardenia is unrivaled. The parent plant is from an old home place in Macon, Georgia and, as of 2018, the original plant is over 60 years old - that's old for a gardenia! Based on its performance in our gardens since 2008, we think the Fall In Love Gardenia might just be the most cold hardy Gardenia on earth. The plants in our gardens sailed right through the coldest winters (3 degrees F in 2013/14) with little to no cold damage or fading of foliage. The leaves remain dark green and lustrous year round. One of the plants in our gardens receives direct full sun until 4 o'clock in the afternoon and looks just as good as the ones that get the afternoon shade, which is typically what Gardenia prefer. This said, for those of you in Zones 7a-7b we suggest planting on an eastern wall or other site that provides protection for northwesterly winter winds.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a dense mound about 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide, the Fall In Love 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.

Suggested Spacing:  4 feet apart for solid hedge;  8 feet or more apart 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 site that provides protection from direct afternoon sun and northwest winds is a perfect spot.


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.




Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Gardenia plants.






Plant Details & Attributes

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11 (6a-6b?)  Find Your Zone
Shrub Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  4-5'
Width at Maturity: 5'
Spacing:  4' apart for solid hedge;  8' or more apart for space between plants
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, Has performed well in mid-Georgia with sun until 4:00 in the afternoon!
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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