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Variegated Creeping Radicans Gardenia
Beautiful foliage and a heavenly scent make the Variegated Dwarf Gardenia a masterpiece of a creation. More details below

Variegated Creeping Radicans Gardenia

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Variegated Creeping Dwarf Gardenia
Gardenia jasminoides 'Variegated Radicans' - Syn. Gardenia augusta 'Radicans Variegata'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 8a-10b 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

Dwarf Gardenia have always been loved for their fragrant, double, pure white flowers, which fill garden spaces with their sweet aroma during spring and into summer. 

In 2014, we were at a trade show and were blown away when we ran across a new variety of dwarf gardenia that had variegated leaves...with LOTS of variegation! Of course we just had to have some. So we ordered a few to plant and test in the Wilson Bros Gardens. Our initial thoughts were, that because this selection is variegated, it might not be as cold hardy as other gardenias. However, since then, the plants have performed superbly in our Zone 8a Georgia gardens, handling temperatures in the low teens with absolutely no damage. We can say with confidence that it's at least as hardy as the standard, green-leaved dwarf gardenia. 

Beautiful foliage and a heavenly scent make the Variegated Dwarf Gardenia a masterpiece of creation. A vigorous grower, the leaves are a palette of greens and whites that boast year-round beauty. The double-white blossoms carry that famous rich fragrance from spring through summer. This is the best variegated cultivar we've seen and grown to date. It's a really neat variety that provides unique color and texture in containers or the landscape.

Landscape & Garden Uses

We're not really sure what size this one grows to at maturity, however, based on the prostrate and spreading form we've seen so far, we think it will grow to maybe 12-18 inches or so in height with a spread of 2 to 3 feet or more over time, making it a ideal for planter boxes or pots and a lovely border plant. It is also a good groundcover or facing plant for the front of a shrub border, and will also cascade nicely over a wall. 

Be one of the first to try this hard-to-find beauty out!

Spacing:  2' for solid hedge;  5'+ 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

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 8a-10b Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  12-18"
Width at Maturity: 2-3'
Spacing: 2' for mass plantings; 4'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Mounding, Trailing/Spreading
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:   2"
Flowering Period:  Mid- to Late-Spring, Early Summer
Flower Type:  Double
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes - extremely fragrant!
Foliage Color:  Dark Green edged in White
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
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
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity, Insect

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