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Frost Proof Gardenia Gardenia used as a privacy hedge between driveways

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This Frost Proof Gardenia has all the wonderful qualities of the gardenia without all the worries. It is cold tolerant, deer resistant, fragrant and easy to grow. Wow!

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Frost Proof Gardenia

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Finally! A flowering Gardenia without the constant maintenance!

Typically, Gardenias are very fickle, picky plants that can only grow in just the right conditions. But your new Frost Proof Gardenia is very easy to grow… just plant and add water.

The scent of the Gardenia bloom is intoxicating and the Frost Proof Gardenia not only retains that quality, but also showers you with an abundance of those heavenly fragrant white blooms.

Reported to even be hardy in the Midwest, Frost Proof Gardenia allows more homeowners to enjoy that sweet summery smell over a much wider part of the country than ever before.

Frost Proof Gardenia is a densely leaved shrub with a beautiful symmetrical shape.

Deer resistant is another one of the great attributes it has to offer.

Cold spells don’t seem to bother the Frost Proof; the flower buds hang on and burst open to reveal snowy white petals packed with perfume.

We are excited to offer you our newest introduction, the Frost Proof Gardenia.

Since these are a hot seller, we might not be able to guarantee that they’ll be around much longer. Order yours now before we sell out.

Growing Zones: 7-10

Mature Height: 3-4 ft.
Mature Width: 3-6 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Gardenia jasminoides 'Frost Proof'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 7-10
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 7-10
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Yes... Your Frost Proof Gardenia can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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It's Easy to Plant your Frost Proof Gardenia

Specific Directions for Frost Proof Gardenia

Plant your Frost Proof Gardenias in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Frost Proof Gardenias are shade tolerant and prefer afternoon shade to morning shade. Although Frost Proof Gardenias prefer acidic soil, they will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sandy or heavy in clay. For the best results make sure that the pH balance of your soil is between 5.5 to 6.5.

Keep the soil moist, but not soggy or over saturated. Frost Proof Gardenias need about an inch of water a week. Don't let the soil dry out completely between waterings. Make sure that your soil is well draining, and that your Gardenia's never sit in standing water. To help keep the moisture in apple a layer of mulch around the base of your Frost Proof Gardenia.

Fragrant blooms will emerge on your Frost Proof Gardenias early every Spring and may last until the fall, while the green leaves will last all year. Apply an acidic fertilizer every Spring to your Frost Proof Gardenia. If the leaves turn yellow your soil may be too alkaline. Add sulfur to your soil to lower the pH balance, and add lime to increase the pH balance.

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Frost Proof Gardenia.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Frost Proof Gardenia gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Frost Proof Gardenia again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Most useful customer reviews:
By: Shirley Good
This plant lives up to all the statements made about it. It is hardy and beautiful. Does not require pampering. Very good value!! I have bought a total of 3!

By: Bernice Barnett
It made it through the winter covered but just barely. I transplanted into a pot from the ground so I can move to greenhouse next winter

By: Chi
I bought two of these last summer. Very dissapointed since there was no flower at all last year an it never come back after the winter.

By: Jillie Ott
So many blooms - I would just recommend not pruning it as I don't think mine appreciated it. I do use acid occasionally on it due to soil conditions.

By: Rosanna
absolutely georgous and fragrant!

By: Mike Pifer
This was a strong healthy plant. It bloomed the first year and bloomed again this spring.

By: Susan Strausberg
Unfortunately none of the three gardenias I received have bloomed or flourished. They are in large planters and are watered regularly. Although they are alive they do not seem to grow.

By: pam egan
Even through the harsh winter, they are all budding up and ready to bloom. Gardenias are my absolute favorite. Heavenly smell.

By: Eydie Alguadich
This was the first zone 7 gardenia and I've had mine 6 years and its huge and bushy and no yellowing. The secret is coffee grounds 3 times during the growing season. Grounds also act as a natural mulch that is perfect for it.

By: Josiah
I ordered two gardenias and they are doing fine. Its a slow growing plant and will see how it does in its first year. It hasn't bloom yet. Most times the leaves will be yellow. I am doing all I can to enjoy this plant. Not the best from Fast growing trees.

By: Darrell Korman
I live in zone 8 in Texas and planted this Gardenia last fall. It stayed green all winter and this spring begain producing many flowers. It is still looking very heallthy and look forward to the spring of 2013 to see how it blooms.

By: Margaret
4 of the healthiest plants I have seen arrived quickly and perfectly packed. Some had blooms upon arrival and the others added blooms very shortly. I am in a desert area and they have been in the ground for a few weeks already and still look healthy. We still have some months till winter temps and they are looking like they will be very well established by then.

By: Sharon Birkenbuel
Bought 5 this Spring to accent my Southern exposure front porch. Despite "rankings" for full-partial sun and growth zone appropriateness, pnly 3 have survived and one of those is marginal.
Perhaps Albuquerque's "full sun" should be re-zoned !?

By: Nanci
This gardenia bloomed upon arrival. It's beautiful and smells yummy. I have been very satisfied with all my purchases from fast growing trees. I used to use another online nursery until I found this site. The plants are twice as big and much healthier when delivered.

By: Maybell
This shrub maybe frostproof but it is NOT freeze proof. Mine lived in zone 7 for 5+ years, but this years temps killed it. Don't plant unless you are in zone 8 or above

By: chris J.
Received this plant in June 2013, I live in zone 7. Planted it in part sun/part shade location & had to ammend the soil with commercial garden soil & leaf mold bec the present soil is clayish. Didn't think it will survive bec I started seeing yellow leaves for few days after planting but now it's looking lush & growing & I'm even seeing what looks like a bud & I'm not even expecting it yet. Very happy! Hope it will survive the winter.

By: Marie Williams
When I first planted them I received lots of blooms, although I'm having to water mine consistently. You can see the leaves start to wilt. I tried to back off the water after 2 months and once established and now I have yellow leaves all over the insides of 3 of mine. They are in partial shade. I would not recommend this plant if your in Texas. Just way to much water usage.

By: Lisa
I planted this last spring in my 5 garden. It overwintered fine, but no sign of buds. I'm going to call and ask what year after planting this might be expected to bud.

By: carolyn f
I recently received my order of 8 frost proof gardenias and am really pleased. They all arrived in secure packaging and the color of the plants and leaf size clearly showed they were really healthy - not to mention the nice root balls. I am also very happy with the customer service of this company, as I had a few questions before making my purchase and they were very helpful. I would definitely buy from them again.

By: Aldo Cardia
So far, so good.

By: Katherine
Wow! I bought three shrubs from Fast-Growing Trees and they came in excellent, excellent shape! My Gardenia is just beautiful! I cannot wait to buy more shrubs and trees!

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why are my leaves turning yellow?
A shopper on Jun 10, 2014
Best Answer: If you live where rainfall has been abundant or you are over watering can cause leaves to turn yellow.
OR the PH is wrong causing Chlorosis., a deficiency of iron, magnesium and nitrogen.
Reply · Nancy S on Jun 10, 2014
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I' m in zone 6, Michigan. Does that mean it won't grow here?
Renee M on Jun 1, 2014
Best Answer: I know very little about zone 6....except that you have extreme cold for sustained periods. I am in Oregon.... We get freezing temps off an on through the winter. We have the gardenia planted in a large patio container and generally bring the plant into our garage when forecasts indicate very cold temps with freezing rains. You may wish to do the same.... When the plant was very young we took it on vacation to the beach.... Nice and warm and we had been afraid if we left it home it might not get watered properly...plus it was covered with blooms and we wanted to enjoy them. The best to you and I hope this is helpful. Peace. Barbara George
Reply · Barbara G on Jun 1, 2014
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Does not mention if it requires full sun, part sun or shade?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2014
Best Answer: I planted 7 of these little guys along the walk up to your front door. The ones closes to the street have full sun with not an iota of shade whereas the ones closest to the door and (1 in a pot on the porch) get part sun (morning till around noon) to full shade. We had a freeze this winter so they are a little small. However they are being troopers as each one is doing it's level best to nearly give me more flowers than it has leaves. Hearty wonderful plants.
Reply · AUDREY B on Jun 10, 2014
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Hi! I am interested in buying a Frost Proof Gardenia. We live in the Bay Area where its dry most of the year (we are currently in a drought). Is it best to plant in full sun or partial sun? Also, we have black mulch around the perimeter of our yard...can the Frost Proof Gardenia be planted in the mulch? Thanks!!!
Aindrea B on Jul 9, 2014
Best Answer: Unsure about what to plant them in--type of mulch I mean. We live in FL but it is NW FL. We had a harsh winter and they did great. The smell & bloom are beautiful. We had them near the walkway of the steps near our front entrance and they smell so pleasant & inviting. They can handle frost & even this winter we had light snow. Not sure about real dry weather. It has not rained here in awhile this summer. We, though, have an in ground sprinkler system. They are beautiful & I would buy them again. Sorry I do not have green thumb. Since I do not know much about plants that is why I have purchase my two knockout rose trees from this company also. They also are amazing. I say do further research on computer or call the toll free # they offer & inquire. we use good miracle grow potting soil to plant our things ---due to our sand. Then we used old fashion pine straw. I would only use straw or rocks. Once many years ago in another state we used mulch & wood chips etc & even though we had a brick home we got termites. So I am very picky about that. Wish I could help more.
Reply · Nancy B on Jul 9, 2014
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When does this shrub bloom?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: My gardenia did not survive the winter. It never emerged from dormancy this

Reply · Robin B on Jun 30, 2014
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Zone 7 Long Island. Has anyone had any luck with these here? Concerned because of this past winter.
William K on Jun 9, 2014
Best Answer: Rhode Island is really pushing the border for where Frost Proof Gardenias do well. I would recommend a cold hardier plant like the Iceberg Rose instead.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 13, 2014
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Where to buy locally Delta Co ?
Fran F on Jun 30, 2014
Best Answer: We are unfamiliar with the local nurseries in Delta Co. However we successfully ship Frost Proof Gardenias to CO.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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How do you trim and shape this plant?
A shopper on Jun 18, 2014
Best Answer: Frost Proof Gardenias require no pruning. To maintain shape, prune in late winter before new growth emerges. Cut with hand pruners, and not powered trimmers, to avoid scarring leaves.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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