Growing Zones: 7-10 outdoors(hardy down to 10℉) 7-10 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 3-4 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 3-6 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Gardenia jasminoides 'Frost Proof'
- Does Not Ship To:
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.
Customers who bought this item also bought...
Customer Reviews & Photos
Frost Proof Gardenia
Did not come back this year and didn't last very long here in the Nevada shade. Very sad waste of money.
I am happy
Arrived the same expected day. It is green small but healthy. I hope grows bigger and produce lots of flowers. Thank you
2 plants died
I went through 2 of these and they both died. I'm not sure if I'm dumb or they are just extremely difficult to care for.
I received the plant is great condition and already had flowers on it and mmmmmmmmmmm It was fragrant so beautiful!! I have it on patio. Can't show picture cuz I wrapped chicken wire around the plant so deer don't eat it. I have gardenia on one side and jasmine on the other. My porch smells AWESOME!!!!! I would recommend this plant. I potted it a couple days later just to give it a chance to rest. (don't know if that is recommended) just my idea.
Love the gardenia!
It was in good shape when it arrived. There were some yellow leaves like they said there might be but it's loaded with buds and blooms now. I am very pleased with the plant.
Planting & Care
Frost Proof Gardenias (Gardenia jasminoides 'Frost Proof') are prized for the strong sweet scent of their flowers, which grow to be 3-4 feet tall and 3-6 feet wide. The Frost Proof Gardenia was first cultivated as a house plant. Gardenias usually demand high humidity to thrive, and bright (not direct) light. They flourish in acidic soils with good drainage and thrive in 68-74 F temperatures during the day and 60 F in the evening. The benefit of a frost proof gardenia is in its name – they have been bred to adapt well to cooler climates. Flowering occurs mid-spring to mid-summer and the Frost Proof Gardenia is strongly scented.
*In warm weather areas, gardenias will do best if given morning sun exposure and afternoon shade.
1) To plant, dig a hole no deeper than the root ball and two to three times the width of the and fill it with water. If the hole drains within a few hours, you have good drainage. If the water is still standing 12 hours later, improve the drainage in your bed, perhaps by establishing a raised bed or amending soil with sand, stone or perlite.
2)Turn and break up the soil removed from the planting hole. Mix some organic compost if the native soil is clay or compacted soil.
3) Remove your plant from its container and carefully, but firmly loosen the root ball. Set the Frost Proof Gardenia into the hole you've prepared, making sure the top of the root ball is slightly above the soil level.
4) Put your back fill soil mixture around the root ball in the hole, tamping as you go to remove air pockets.
5) Water thoroughly and cover with a two to four inch layer of mulch.
Watering: Be sure to keep your Frost Proof Gardenia moist but not soggy. Do not let it dry out between waterings as this stresses the plant. You can rely upon natural rainfall, but use a rain gauge to measure the amount of rain your gardenia receives. If the gardenia is receiving less than an inch per week, supplement it with water from the hose or from a watering can.
Fertilization: Feed the Frost Proof Gardenia bi-weekly with non-alkaline fertilizer. A teaspoon of agricultural sulfur in the soil may help lower soil pH. Fertilize gardenias after they've bloomed with a well-balanced shrub & tree type fertilizer. If the foliage on your gardenia develops yellowing of the leaves then the soil may be too alkaline. You can apply additional amounts of chelated iron and/or soil sulfur to lower soil pH, making it more acidic.
Weed Control: Applying a two to four inch layer of organic mulch will help retain Frost Proof Gardenia's moisture during this time and will also help to keep down the competing grasses and weeds.
Pests and Disease: One of the biggest problems for Frost Proof Gardenia are the pests that plague them. The major pests to watch for include: Aphids, Mealy Bugs, Scale, Root Nematodes, Spider Mites and White flies but all are treatable with pesticides found at your local gardening centers.
Pruning: 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. Sterilize your cutting tool(s) with rubbing alcohol to eliminate the possibility of pathogens getting at the plant.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 11||Ships Now!|