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'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.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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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 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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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