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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'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 8a-11   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

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!

Landscape & Garden Uses
Growing to 4-5 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide, the Variegated Gardenia is an ideal choice as an accent, in groupings or as a wonderfully fragrant hedge in home foundation plantings and landscape borders. Because they like a break from the midday afternoon sun and cold northwesterly winds, they are best planted on the east side of the home or other structures. Needless to say gardenias are a perfect fit for sensory gardens and near windows or outdoor living spaces where the fragrance can be enjoyed.

Spacing:  3' for solid hedge;  6'+ 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-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

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