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Frost Proof Gardenia

Gardenia jasminoides 'Frost Proof'


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Frost Proof Gardenia Planting Mix

Helps your Frost Proof Gardenia get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 7-10
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-10
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

3-4 ft.

Mature Width:

3-6 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


3-5 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Gardenia jasminoides 'Frost Proof'

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Blooms When Others Don't

You'll never miss a Gardenia season because of late cold snaps.

Ordinary Gardenia buds can freeze and never develop into flowers. So, you get a skimpy showing or no blooms at all.

Frost Proof bushes are smothered with amazingly fragrant blooms every year. They stand up to the cold and unusual weather patterns.

Mid-West or Key West...Frost proofs pump out blooms that fill your yard with that distinctive Gardenia aroma.

Deer resistant and trouble-free. Thick Green foliage makes it versatile enough to be a foundation hedge, property barrier or the focal point of a berm.

We've done the waiting for you. These are well developed shrubs ready to bloom your very first season.

Our larger sizes are limited, so order now while they are still available.

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Customer Reviews

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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.
January 1, 2013
Recovered Frost Proof Gardenias
In the past 4 years I have bought 10 of these Frost Proof Gardenias. They all did great until the winter of 2014. We had very consistently, abnormally low temperatures. All leaves turned yellow then brown, and fell off. In April it looked like they all were dead. I left them alone and by mid May I started seeing green new growth mostly at the base of the plant.. I called Fast Growing Trees and was told the new growth was encouraging, and to cut them back. I did not get flowers this year but the gardenias are thriving. I am sure I will see Flowers again next year. I will be buying more.
September 9, 2014
Millersville, MD
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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 abov
January 1, 2013
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.
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
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.
January 1, 2013
Amazing !
I live in Maryland. I have bought ten Frost Proof Gardenias in the last 4 or five years. They had done well until the winter of 2014. It was unusually cold for an extended period. The beginning of spring all leaves were brown. They fell off after a couple of weeks and they left bare branches looking like dead shrubs. Two weeks later I noticed new growth low in the middle of most. I called Fast Growing trees for suggestions. I was told to cut them back. They rebounded like nothing had happened. Although they did not flower this summer, I am looking forward to the many flowers with their fragrance they have had in the past, next summer.
October 22, 2014
Millersville, MD
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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.
January 1, 2013
Great Gardenia
This Gardenia stands. Love it and proud of it. every thing it is claimed to be. can hardly wait to get the wonderful smell this summer in our garden. I have removed all the grass in my back yard, and put in a flagstone walkway, and have made it into a flower filled garden,Bird Feeders and housing are mixed along the way, and after a year of planting and tending, as spring is about ready, birds are looking for a home and each afternoon, doves come to feed, and we can hardly wait to see it as we know it will become. You will be getting more orders I am sure.
February 23, 2015
Tyler, TX
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Even through the harsh winter, they are all budding up and ready to bloom. Gardenias are my absolute favorite. Heavenly smell
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Frost Proof Gardenia

Frost Proof Gardenia Planting Diretions 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.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Fast-Growing-Trees.com Store
smell, 1 gallon rather than 3 gallon, evergreen
George C on Jul 29, 2017
One of my favorites
CORAZON B S on Jun 26, 2017
smell, 1 gallon rather than 3 gallon, evergreen
George C on Jul 29, 2017
Unique beauty , smell
David C on Jul 12, 2017
One of my favorites
CORAZON B S on Jun 26, 2017
Mother had gardenias! I've always loved them.
Gary G on Jun 1, 2017
It grew so fast and flowered as well.
ROSEMARY L on May 30, 2017
A friend has ordered from you many times and could not say enough good things :)
Karyl K on May 6, 2017
Had them at my other home and loved them. Wanted them for my landscape area right off front porch in our new home . There aroma is wonderful and they are so pretty when in bloom and I love there green foliage
Pam W on Apr 14, 2017
This was my prom flower from High School and I still remember the sweet smell. I am hoping to recapture that memory.
Vivian C on Apr 13, 2017
love the smell
Franklin G on Apr 9, 2017
size and fragrance
chris on Apr 5, 2017
Use as cover and color decor in the landscapes area. Also liked because it is frost free will survive our winters easily.
Rosie P on Mar 30, 2017
Fragrance and hardiness for my zone
Donald B on Feb 12, 2017
It's pretty and suits my geo location
Larry J on Nov 13, 2016
Love the fragrance!
Lee D on Nov 12, 2016
Love the smell of Gardenia and wanted to grow one, once I saw that it is frost proof, I had to buy one, hope I get to enjoy this plant for years to come!
cathy g on Oct 1, 2016
Frost proof and smells great.
Criss V on Sep 21, 2016
I love the scent of Gardenias and this size is perfect for under my son's bedroom window.
Dayna on Sep 20, 2016
Love this plant. Will probably order more. Send catalog.
Mike B on Sep 13, 2016
It would gown in the ground in Zone 7. It has survived the cold just fine. Has lots of flowers when it blooms in late spring.
Lynn D on Aug 20, 2016
Gardenias are my fav flower for the way they smell, and need the frost proof for my location
Kat K on Aug 11, 2016
Never had one
Pamela K on Jul 30, 2016
I have these in a pot and they do very well in the NW. They smell incredible and come back at least every other year. This was a gift for a sentiment for a loss in the family.
Chris & Karen S on Jul 22, 2016
My friend and I have been friends since we were 4 years oldâ?¦we are now both 60 and this is her birthday present! .. and both of us LOVE gardenias!
Lee d on Jul 16, 2016
Terrific fragrance.
wayne f on Jun 29, 2016
beauty of flowers
Larry D on Jun 18, 2016
My best friend received these today while I was visiting and they were so beautiful that...well here I am after just purchasing! Arrived packed wonderfully and ready to plant. Great job Fast growing trees!!!
Charmaine R on Jun 17, 2016
I love the scent of gardenias, and I hope the two that I just submitted an order for will thrive in our front yard!
Ekaterina B on Apr 21, 2016
This item was chosen specifically for Roy, he is retiring from 35 years of service and enjoys gardening.
Roy C on Apr 14, 2016
beauty an smell
teresa h on Apr 5, 2016
I love gardenia want a couple more in my border area.
DIANA T on Mar 17, 2016
Have purchased these from you before and desire to plant more :)
Nancy B on Feb 24, 2016
Great gift and have enjoyed the one I purchased last year from you. Also, I remember my mother and grandmother wearing gardenias. ...a vintage touch to the garden!
Sharon S on Jan 30, 2016
James L on Jan 26, 2016
I love gardenias and the fact that this particular one is not affected by a late frost made it a no-brainer!
Crystal M on Oct 27, 2015
Need a deer proof item---good price
margaret d on Oct 15, 2015
MAXINE D on Oct 9, 2015
testing if this product will survive in my garden
Grace p on Oct 8, 2015
Love Gardenias and since these are frost proof made it very appealing.
Mary P on Sep 23, 2015
I love gardenias!
Jennifer S on Aug 24, 2015
Unique beauty , smell
David C on Jul 12, 2017
Mother had gardenias! I've always loved them.
Gary G on Jun 1, 2017
how many bags of planting mix and fertilizer will I need for each plant?
Renee on Mar 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We suggest one mix and one fertilizer per tree.
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.
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.
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: Full sun unless you're in a hot zone like I am than morning sun and afternoon shade is probably best. These are drought tolerant once established. Mulch is best as it will retain moisture and you shouldn't have to water as much.
How big or tall is the plant when it arrives?
Wing L on Feb 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The gallon sizes are listed because we cannot guarantee what height they will be. The heights can vary from 6-12 inches and up.
Does not mention if it requires full sun, part sun or shade?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Likes full sun but will tolerate light shade
do you think it will do good in the bedroom?
A shopper on Oct 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: If you can place it in front of a sunny window it should do well.
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.
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
What is the root system like on this plant? can I plant it in a flower bed next to the house?
Suzanne E on Oct 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I did. . No problems. . But you want to give it room. It will grow 3 feet around and 3 feet tall. Then you will want to get around it by foot. So not rite on top of house.
Always consider the mature growth when you plant something close.
What is the best time of year to plant shrubs in zone 8?
A shopper on Oct 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in May 2013 and it survived the winter without freezing and bloomed this spring again.. It looks very well and will probably bloom again next spring. I have really enjoyed it.
How tall does the plant grow?
A shopper on Sep 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I just got mine and it is gorgeous! I re-potted it to a new pot and it is about 2 1/2 feet tall and about 2 foot wide. I even had 5 flowers just starting to bloom when I got it!
It grows to be about 3-4 foot tall and about as wide at maturity.
Is the frost proof Gardenia deer resistant?
chonas on Jun 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is deer resistant. However in my experience, deer will sample new plants which sometimes means pulling them out of the ground. It's best to protect new plantings until they become established.
Do they like water, I have a drainage problem after rain where I planned on planting this beauty. Also what about sun and shade, I have both??
Kathy Y on May 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: After the storm of the century in 2015, in SC- it was submerged for 3-4 days and was great the next year. The plant was in the shade prior to the storm, lost a few trees nearby and it was still fine. I don't live in that house any longer, do not know how it made out after hurricane Matthew.
We live in southeastern Wisconsin. Has anyone had luck growing this gorgeous plant here?
Jackie T on May 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
If this is a gift can it stay in the pot for 3 weeks until I give it to my mother?
Natalie H on Oct 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I gave this to my Mom as a gift. She loves it !!! She has kept it in a pot for over a year and it grew so much she just bought a bigger pot for it!
Should they be planted on a North or South location? ? I don't have full sun!
Joanna W on Mar 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Because you do not have a place that would be full sun all day, I would choose whichever location gets the most hours of sunlight.... and be sure your soil is acid enough. Hope that helps.
i live in Pa what type of gardenia can i grow?
CINDY M on Dec 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Cindy. I started out with two of these frost proof gardenia, and now have 4. I got so many compliments on them. They have been "loaded" every year with sweet smelling blossoms.
I have all 4 of mine in pots, so I can pick them up and set them out of the severe elements. I don't bring them inside--I just move them to a semi covered front porch. I'm not sure you would have to do this--I just didn't want to take any chances. These plants/bushes are super low maintenance--simply water. (be careful not to overwater--makes their leaves turn yellow. These are amazing plants. I cannot tell you how many gardenia plants I killed over the years before finding these. They are super hardy plants. Hope this helps--Mark
We live in the San Joaquin valley. Fresno Ca. We face west and get direct sunlight all afternoon until sunset. 105-110 degrees. Can they perform in these conditions?
Ken J on Oct 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I think so. I live in Pearland, Texas just southeast of Houston. We have the frost proof gardenias an we have them in an area that gets direct sun from sunrise to sunset. They need to be generously watered for a couple of years. But once they take hold they prosper in intense sunlight and heat as well as temperatures into the twenties in the winter. they do well in drought conditions as well as in flood conditions. My neighbors comment on the beautiful aroma of these plants.
Can they be planted now?
A shopper on Oct 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Where I live they can. I am in southeastern utah. They seem to do well planted now. I just planted 2 more. Where do you live?
will it grow in a container is usda desert zone 9?
A shopper on Oct 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I live in Zone 5 so I planted my gardenia in a container. Gardenia will survive in a Container in zone 9 or even zone 10.
just had my gardenias planted, they do not have any blooms. When will they bloom?
A shopper on Oct 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, I can't answer totally. Mine only bloom in the spring and early summer here in central FL
Do you plant gardenias in spring?
A shopper on Aug 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I did. I have found that steeped coffee grounds provide the necessary food for acid loving gardenias.
When does this shrub bloom?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: These are summer bloomers, but depending on your area they could start to bloom in late spring.
What zones are these good in?
Ursula M on Jun 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The recommended growing zones are 7-10.
Hi, Will this plant grow in a large pot? I will
need to bring it indoors during the winter months.
Tammy R on Jun 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can grow them in a pot
We're in New Jersey. Will the frost proof gardenia do well here?
Barbara Z on May 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Are your gardenias grafted?
Sheila W on May 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No our gardenias are not grafted.
Two questions. First, is now too cold to plant those? I am in VA. Second, can I plant them in pots, at least the first year?
Jocey on Jan 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/USDA-Plant-Hardiness-Zone-Map.htm Yes you can plant them in pots.
I'm in south-central Pennsylvania. Can I still plant this Frost Proof Gardenia, or should I wait until next spring? It will be located in full sun.
Irene F on Aug 15, 2015
After looking at a hardiness map for Pennsylvania, I don't think it will survive. This Gardenia is zoned 7-10 and most of your state looks colder than that. But if you live in a warm pocket, and want to plant, I would definitely wait until spring to do it. Happy Gardening

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