I've always said that when I die, I want heaven to smell like Gardenia's. I love their sweet scent, and I am so excited that mine are in full bloom. My mom had Gardenia's in our backyard while I was growing up, so I'm always reminded of her when I smell them. It's plant nostalgia at it's best!
These Spring bloomers do very well in a partly sunny area and prefer an acidic soil with moderate amounts of water. The 'Frostproof' variety is a glossy, dark green leaved, evergreen shrub that reaches 3-4 ft. Its name comes from the flower buds ability to resist damage from a late Spring frost. It's quickly become my favorite variety of Gardenia for it's round compact growth habit. It's perfect for a low growing shrub in front of taller bushes or in front of windows.
My favorite thing to do is bring my favorite scent inside. I pick off some blooms (with the help of my youngest son) and float them in a bowl of water for a day or two. They will fill a room with heaven in no time!
This plant made my day! How 'bout yours?