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.
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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