The heady scent of Gardenia flowers wafting through thick summer air is nothing short of scrumptious!
For what seemed like eons, Portland gardeners were relegated to growing Gardenias that would die if left outdoors in winter, but in the last 10 years, several hardy types have emerged, and they're pretty darn good plants. Aren't we lucky to live in the era of Hardy Gardenias?
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White flowers are single form with six petals and yellow stamens. Fragrance is classic Gardenia. Leaves are dark green, glossy and evergreen. Grows slowly in a rounded mounding habit to 2-3 feet tall and wide. Z7
White flowers are double form with many fat petals and sweet scent. Evergreen leaves are dark green & glossy.
Grows 4' x 4', Z7
Our favorite hardy Gardenia so far, 'Frost Proof' is an over achiever. Large white double flowers with narrow petals and sweet Gardenia scent. Evergreen leaves are dark green & glossy but more narrow than other varieties. Growth is upright and vase-shaped, to 3-4’ tall. Z7
Read up on some of our favorite shrubs and remember, this is only a smattering of the variety of shrubs we carry all year long! Note: Viewing a Native Plant will take you into our Native Plant section.