The Gardenia is prized for its deeply perfumed flowers unlike any other. A sub-tropical plant, with glossy, deep green leaves, it thrives in heat and humidity. In zone 7 it really is best grown as a container plant with full sun and a little afternoon shade then brought inside to a sunny spot indoors during the colder months. The Gardenia needs good drainage, and rich, acidic soil to thrive. Regular watering is a must.
Thrives in organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Handle with care when transplanting; gardenia roots are best undisturbed. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: summer after flowering.