STEADY AS SHE GOES®

Gardenia

Gardenia jasminoides

'Prince Charles'

PP#29,304

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Steady As She Goes™ white flowers in spring Steady As She Goes™ as a cut flower
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Continuous Blooms
  • Evergreen
Description

There have been a lot of Gardenia introductions, perhaps too many, but none have combined the level of heat tolerance, continuous blooming, and cold hardiness found in this introduction from Phil Dark. An improvement over the hardy 'Chuck Hayes', its fully doubled flowers do not abort in the heat of summer, but just keep coming right up until frost. A stellar performer with a well-branched, compact habit and glossy dark evergreen foliage.

USDA Zone
7-10 (0°F/ -17.7°C)
Exposure
Full sun, Part sun
Height
3-5'
Width
4-7'
Finish Time
1 season
Type
Evergreen
Bloom Time
Spring-fall
Flower Color
White
Foliage Color
Green
Liner Sizes
2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil

Requires soil to be rich, moist, acidic, and well-drained.

Pruning

Rarely required. Blooms on old wood - prune out dead wood in spring and trim to shape after flowering if required.

Uses

Hedge, specimen, cutting gardens, foundation plantings.

Growing Tips

Good air circulation is highly recommended, both from a cultural standpoint as well as an aesthetic one. They benefit from a good layer of mulch, especially in colder areas of their hardiness range. Temperature or moisture stress will cause bud drop.