Growing Zones: 8-11 outdoors(hardy down to 20℉) 8-11 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 2-3 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 2-3 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Gardenia jasminoides 'Kleim's Hardy'
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The Quintessential Gardenia
Lovely evergreen with strong gardenia fragrance
Versatile dwarf-sized plant perfect for containers, borders and beds
Gorgeous blooms from spring through fall
Hardiest of all gardenias
A Gardenia for all Seasons
The Kleims Hardy Gardenia's versatility is as appealing as its beauty. As its name suggests, this low maintenance, evergreen shrub is the most tolerant species available. Its slow growing habit makes pruning virtually unnecessary. Combining shiny, dark green leaves with an abundance of bright, white blooms, the Kleims Hardy will bring incredible visual appeal to any location you choose. Even when the blooms fade, the evergreen leaves offer year round interest whether planted in containers, raised beds or scenic borders.
The Fragrance will Take you Back
Perhaps no floral fragrance evokes memories of summers past as does the Gardenia. Carrying its heavenly scent throughout your garden and beyond, the long-lived Kleims Gardenia will take you back and help you forge new memories for a generation. That's because you can expect to enjoy your Kleims Hardy's fresh scent season after season for up to 30 years. Wonderful on decks and patios, their dwarf size stays a convenient 2-3 feet in height and width, compact enough to brighten just about any space.
Make each new season a memorable one. Order your Kleims Hardy Gardenia today.
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Planting & Care
Valued among gardenia lovers, the Kleim’s Hardy (Gardenia jasminoides 'Kleim's Hardy') is a petite evergreen with its lustrous dark lanceolate leaves and immensely fragrant blooms. This is a heavy bloomer starting in spring through early summer and then sporadically for the remainder of the summer. This compact shrub is a great focal point at entry ways for in ground planting or containers where you can enjoy its rich fragrance. The gardenia is best suited for USDA growing zones 8-11 but can be successfully potted and is hardy down to 20 degrees. Planted in full sun to partial shade, this moderate grower will be 2-3 feet wide and 2-3 feet tall at its maturity.
Choose a location: These plants can handle full sun all the way down to partial shade depending on your location. We recommend for Northern States to plant in full to partial sunlight. Southern states, can place these in areas with partial sunlight to partial shade. The ideal planting times for gardenias is typically spring and fall. Kleim’s Hardy gardenias bloom in late spring and early summer, and provide up to 3 months of blooms for you.
The planting location should ideally have well drained, acidic soil. You can test the pH of your soil and if necessary amend the soil with compost or an organic planting mix to help make it more acidic. The ideal acidity range should be between a 5.0 to 6.0 pH.
*In warm weather areas, gardenias will do best if given morning sun exposure and afternoon shade.
Planting directions (in ground): Gardenias can be spaced anywhere from 2-6 feet apart. If you’re creating a hedge, you may want to space the plants 2-3 feet apart to create a more dense hedge. Be sure that the location has good drainage.
1) When planting these beautiful plants, select your ideal space and dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice the width. Loosen the soil removed from the hole so it can be used to plant the Gardenia.
2) Place the plant in the hole and place the ground soil and planting mix around the root ball. Firmly pack the soil around the plant to help remove any air pockets.
3) Once you are finished deeply water your plant and mulch around it. Avoid letting the mulch touch the plant.
Planting directions (potted): Gardenias do well in the ground but can also be successfully grown in containers. You can keep them as patio plants and then move them indoors during the colder months to be grown as houseplants.
1) Place them in a well draining container at least 1-2 sizes larger than the original container the plant came in.
2) Fill in the pot space around the gardenia using an organic potting medium.
3) Place it in a location with bright sun and ample humidity. A south facing window in your home should provide ample sun exposure.
4) You can keep the humidity up around the plant by misting it daily or placing it on a tray with pebbles and water. As the water evaporates it will feed humidity to the atmosphere around the gardenia.
Watering: Water plants placed in the ground with one inch of water weekly unless you have rainfall. The soil should never be allowed to be soggy. You may need to increase the amount of water provided during the hotter seasons especially with temperatures of 80 degrees or hotter.
For potted plants you can water thoroughly but make sure that the soil is not too saturated. You can test to see if the plant needs more water by sticking your index finger into the soil down to a depth of about 2 inches. If the soil is still damp at the depth, leave the gardenia alone. If it feels like it has become dry and sandy-like, go ahead and water until you see it coming from the drainage holes and stop.
Fertilizing: Your Kleim’s Hardy Gardenias can be fertilized once every 3-4 weeks from April through November. You can use a formula like 30-10-10 or a fertilizer high in nitrogen. If you notice the leaves on your plant starting to yellow, you can mix in a tablespoon of Epsom Salt with a gallon of water and apply this around your plant.
Pruning: Gardenias are best pruned in the summer after the plant has bloomed. Thinning out the plant helps improve the air circulation around your gardenia. You can remove any dead, dying, broken or diseased branches from the tree. Be sure to also prune back any branches with spent flowers.
Pest and Disease: Kleim’s Hardy Gardenias can have pest issues from time to time. The most common ones are aphids, white flies and scale. These are easily treated by either washing the insects off the plant or applying Neem Oil. You can apply the product as needed according to the instructions until the plant is rid of the insects.
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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
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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!|