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Finally... a fragrant gardenia plant that won't lose its flowers after late spring frosts. Frost Proof Gardenias are famous for... • keeping their blooms through unexpected freezes • giant, fragrant blooms you can smell from a distance • one tough plant that you don't have to baby I love Gardenias, but refuse to spray chemicals or cover my plants. Old gardenia plants are insect prone and finicky. Your soil can't be too moist or too dry. Then the occasional late frost comes and wipes out your blooms for the whole season. New Frost Proof Gardenias are unaffected by cold snaps and thrive on neglect. They adapt to a variety of soil conditions... do great in full sun or partial shade... and resist insects and disease. Even deer leave them alone. Warm, summer nights on Southern verandas would be lacking without the fragrance of gardenias wafting on the breeze. Gardenias are steeped in the South's botanical history; in fact, these plants were first cultivated in the U.S. in 1700s South Carolina. Although most gardenias are reliably hardy only to Zone 8, Frost Proof Gardenia pushes the hardiness envelope and makes it possible for gardeners outside the Deep South to grow this flowering gem. • Compact evergreen shrub – keeps a tidy appearance; perfect for smaller gardens. • Fragrant double flowers – exceptional form and fragrance from creamy-white blooms. • Improved cold tolerance – withstands spring cold snaps without damage to flower buds. When spring frosts burn the flower buds of other types of gardenias, the aptly-named Frost Proof Gardenia is specifically bred to hold up to freezing temperatures. This tough little shrub is not only classified as a cold-hardy gardenia, but it's also in a class called compact gardenias, which grow only 3 to 5 feet tall. But the primary reason to grow any gardenia is to enjoy its sweetly-scented blossoms. Unlike the single flowers produced on most gardenias, the Frost Proof Gardenia shrub is covered with velvety, creamy-white, double blooms in summer.
Be sure to order large, 3 gallon Frost Proof Gardenias if they're available. You get older, well-developed plants that have already gone through several blooming seasons. This means you get more flowers- sooner! Don't wait years for blooms!