Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans Variegated'

Variegated Radicans Gardenia

A prostrate and spreading or horizontal form of gardenia that has become a favorite. This dwarf cultivar of Gardenia is much different from the species. Trailing Gardenia reaches a height of 2 to 3 feet and can spread 4 to 6 feet. This plant has an open, horizontal branching habit that makes it an attractive ground cover. It will not grow into a shrub as does the species. The small, dark lustrous green leaves generally occur on the stems in 3's. The leaf veins of this cultivar are not as prominent as the species. The leaves are accompanied by one-inch, white, very fragrant flowers in the spring and summer.

This plant is great in planter boxes or pots and makes a lovely border plant. It is also a good mass or facing plant for the front of a shrub border. Trailing Gardenia will also cascade nicely over a wall. It is most commonly used as a ground cover.

It is moderately drought tolerant. Plants that are regularly fertilized maintain a dark green color. Although tolerant of a wide variety of soils, Gardenia performs best in rich, moisture-retentive, acid soils where it will receive some shade during the hottest times of the year. Fewer flowers are produced if plants are kept in total shade. Gardenia needs yearly fertilization to keep the leaves dark green. An iron chelate fertilizer will help keep the foliage glossy green, especially in soil with a pH greater than 7. Otherwise, Gardenias are relatively easy to grow. It is best to prune only after flowering since pruning sooner removes flower buds. Occasionally, flower buds drop from the plant.


Height
12-24 Inches

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Spread
3-6 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 8A to 10A

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes
Mass Plant
Fragrant
Ground Cover
Evergreen
Exposure
Partial Sun/Shade
Growth Rate
Medium
Habit
Creeping
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Average
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