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Gardenia augusta 'Florida' (Gardenia)

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Best Australian natives for pots & small gardens. The trend towards smaller gardens has inspired the plant lovers in the nursery industry to respond with an ever-increasing range of Australian plants that will delight those who want to attract birds and butterflies and bring a little bit of the bush onto their balconies. From banksias to bottlebrush there are plants that will add colour and texture to provide year round interest.

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How to plant. Learn how to plant correctly. Planting correctly will not only get your garden off to a flying start, but it will also ensure that your plants's root systems develop as healthily as possible, maximising their long-term stability.

Plant description

gardenia augusta gardenia florida plant

gardenia augusta gardenia florida

Gardenia 'Florida' is a low growing shrub with richly perfumed, semi double white flowers in late spring to early summer. The foliage is glossy green and attractive. They are a favourite for the fragrant garden. They can be mass planted, grown as a low hedge, as a specimen plant, and also do well in containers.

Gardenias do best in a mild, humid climate, but adapt reasonably well to a wider range if given a warm spot. They like a moist, well drained soil. In cooler climates, they can be grown in full sun, but from temperate to sub-tropical climates a semi shaded postion will suit them better. Mulching will protect the surface roots from drying out, as well as helping to control weed growth. Yellowing of the leaves can be due to magnesium deficiency, which can be corrected by adding half a handful of epsom salts to a bucket of water, which is then watered onto the plant.

Propagation is from soft tip or semi hardwood cuttings.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: white
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Scent

The perfume of gardenias is rich and heady

Plant size

Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 4.5-6.0

Pests

Scale, thrips, spider mites, mealy bugs

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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