First Gardenia Flowers

Gardenias are subtropical plants that thrive in warm, humid weather. Most gardenias are hardy in zones 8-11, though a few varieties hardy to zone 7 have been developed and a few are only hardy in zones 10 and 11.  Gardenias can be grown in pots and brought inside in cold climates. See How To Care For Gardenias for more information.







Several years ago, I bought a little gardenia bush.  According to experts, if protected during cold snaps for the first few years, mature gardenias can survive an occasional frost.



Gardenia bloom

Little potted gardenia bush 2018



I had hoped to have blooms last spring, but that didn’t happen. Last week I went to the doctor. As I drove past my yard, I saw little white blooms on my tiny green gardenia bush.







The bush is only slightly bigger than when I bought it, but I am thrilled it is alive and has blooms.






Ah, the fragrance!  It has several more buds on it and I have my fingers crossed. I’m really hoping it grows well this summer and is covered with lots of blooms next spring.










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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

27 thoughts to “First Gardenia Flowers”

  1. Oh, those gardenias are just gorgeous! I love the scent of the gardenias my sister has planted in her Florida garden.

  2. I know gardenias also thrive here in the Philippines but I haven’t seen one yet. We usually have the jasmine flowers, small ones, which are so fragrant and once was our national flower before it was changed to our endemic Waling Waling 🙂 Love those big gardenias on your garden Carol!

  3. My husband loves gardenia bushes, but they drive my allergies crazy. They grow pretty big, next year it will yeild even more lovely flowers.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  4. Carol – so, so lovely. Gardenia flowers swirl in such an interesting way – it makes me think of a Southern belle swishing her big hoop skirts! If we are patient with our plants, they usually come through for us, and joy abounds! Thanks for linking up to Mosaic Monday, and enjoy your week ahead.

  5. Your gardenia is small but perfectly formed and I hope will bring you much pleasure for years to come. Great mosaic, Happy MM.

  6. Hello, the gardenias blooms are so pretty. Lovely garden and sky photos. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

  7. How lovely and exciting!! I’m looking forward to the blooming of our hibiscus!! Have a wonderful day!!

  8. What beautiful flowers! I haven’t seen them here but they remind me of the Magnolia blooms that are on the trees right now. You live in a beautiful area for all kinds of flowers!

  9. My gardenias just started blooming also and took a while to get established. I’m in Zone 7b and mine have overwintered fine these past two years. They certainly are pretty and fragrant (and deer resistant which is a huge plus for me!) Have a great week!

  10. I love the smell of gardenias! Your photos are awesome to see. I might have to look for some to add to my garden 🙂

    Your link is a great addition to ‘My Corner of the World’ this week!

  11. Looks beautiful and glad it came back this Spring for you. I live in cold zones so none that I know if here, but would be lovely to enjoy. Yours looks so pretty. Thanks for visiting me so I could come visit you. Happy week.

  12. Ohhhhhh the fragrance……… how I love these gardenias popularly known as Gandharaj in India.. I had one which died in the heat wave last summer. Will remember to get one later this year.

    Do you know that its from the coffee family?

  13. Another triumph for your green thumb (and perfect conditions apparently). Oh I bet those blossoms smell wonderfully!

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    1. I got both comments thank you. My program saves comments for my review before publishing so it really didn’t disappear thank goodness. Thanks for both comments!

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