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Diamond Spire™ Gardenia

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Fool Proof™ Gardenia

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You literally can't go wrong with easy-care Fool Proof™ Gardenia (Gardenia x 'Leesix' PP# 32472). Decorate your garden with these compact, upright plants with outstanding fragrant double flowers in spring; watch for sporadic reblooming right through fall.

Each cunning white flower has double rotate petals. The outer whole petals don't overlap but the inner whorl petals do overlap. They look and smell amazing in a vase as a cut flower!

Planting and Application:

The team at Southern Living Plant Collection have spent years field-testing the performance of this vigorous, disease-resistant, pest-resistant, heat-tolerant beauty. It's even cold-tolerant to Zone 7, a big advantage over other selections.

  • Broad-leaved evergreen Fool Proof Gardenia makes a terrific shrub for foundation plantings. It will stay low and tight to fit perfectly underneath windows without much pruning.
  • Create scented hedges anywhere you want year-round color. Space them 30 inches apart on center; measuring from the middle of one to the middle of the next.
  • Keep one in an outdoor container to bring a glamorous touch to your Balcony Life! Run several of them the entire length of your railing to hide away any tedious views.
  • Hummingbirds and butterflies love these aromatic, nectar-rich blooms. Use them to provide architectural structure in a Butterfly Garden or mixed garden bed.
  • Add curb appeal with a low hedge along the front sidewalk. You'll make the world smile with the strong, sweet smell of the intricate, creamy-white flowers.

#ProPlantTips for Care: 

Gardenias will perform in either full sun or partial shade with at least four hours of direct sunlight a day. They will do best in well-drained, slightly acidic soils.

  • Add symbiotic Nature Hills Root Booster to the planting hole for support that never "wears out". Apply pine bark mulch over the root system; then pull it away from touching the stems. Get expert planting tips from our Horticulture Staff.
  • Use the Finger Test to determine when to water. Poke your finger in the ground up to the second knuckle. If it's damp, skip watering; but if it's getting dry...it's time to water.
  • Prune to shape as needed after the first flush of flowers is finished. Remove crossing branches and any branches that may be damaged; trimming at a 45-degree angle.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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Fool Proof™ Gardenia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-10
Growing Zones 7-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Gardenia x 'Leesix'
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes