Gardenia ‘Klimes’ Hardy’

Hardy Gardenia
People don’t always believe it when they hear that there are gardenias that are hardy to zone 7. It’s true, extremely fragrant and pretty, they can withstand temperatures below 10 F.

The perfume of the simple flowers would surely fill the air of the shaded, sheltered type of space these small evergreen shrubs prefer. The single cream-colored blossoms, about 2 inches wide, turn into ribbed, reddish fruits. They seem to bloom continously throughout the summer. The shrub grows 2 to 3 feet tall. Prefers partial shade, which helps the white flowers last longer with out discoloring. The only drawback to this sweet plant is the petals do turn brown before falling, and the branches are a bit brittle.

Another hardy cultivar, ‘White Gem’, grows just 1 to 2 feet tall.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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2 Responses to Gardenia ‘Klimes’ Hardy’

  1. chad dobson says:

    Is the Klimes a cutivar on the jasminoides species?

  2. Mulysa says:

    Hello. Yes, it’s a variety of G. jasminoides, though there are a handful of synonyms for this epithet. I’ve found that they enjoy more light than I previously thought, doing well in close to full sun if watered frequently, in well-drained soil. They are great in containers.

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