Frost Proof Gardenia

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Gorgeously Deliciously Fragrant Frost Proof Gardenia!

  • White Heavenly Blooms
  • Glossy Gorgeous Foliage
  • Compact Growth Habit
  • Four-Season Evergreen
  • Wonderful Hedge or Container Plant
  • Amazing Fragrant Blooms!
  • Low-Maintenance & Easy Care
  • Gleams in Full Sun and Partial Sun
  • Deer Resistant

Gleaming blooms, heavenly scent and hardy evergreen nature! The Frost Proof Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof') is a phenomenal shrub with so much year-round appeal!

An icon and real southern bell, these are natives to China and have been a southern institution since the 1700s. Traditional Gardenias are finicky and hard to grow. The showy Frost Proof Gardenia is low-maintenance and cold-hardy with dark-green foliage color, shiny leaves and large, snowy white blooms.

The Frost Proof Gardenia is an upright, dense, evergreen that fits about anywhere and looks amazing while doing it! The fragrant white flowers are abundant from mid-spring to fall so you can enjoy the intoxicating scent for months.

The double-flowered, snow-white blooms are the crowning glory of this shrub and lovely additions to floral designs and bouquets! A solitary bloom floating in a bubble bowl will scent your entire space! It's no wonder these are the most popular in weddings and boutonnieres! Reminding one of luxurious French perfume.

These incredible evergreen shrubs have an upright form, bushy growth habit and gorgeous dark-green leaves that create a handsome addition to any landscape! Blooming their first year, these beauties explode with fragrance and versatility.

Imagine that heavenly, sweet scent perfuming your garden throughout the day and in the moonlit evenings!

How to Use Frost Proof Gardenia In The Landscape

Easily maintained to a compact size with just a bit of pruning, Frost Proof Gardenias are perfect in a decorative container to welcome visitors to your entry, for a fragrant addition on your patio or balcony! Reaching a tidy 4-5 feet in height and 3-4 feet in width, these make perfectly sized for any application in the landscape.

Hardy Gardenia has amazing features that it gleefully dispurses throughout the garden as a 4 season accent and fragrant addition in the cutting garden. Blooming in early summer and then occasionally throughout the summer as well!

When allowed to grow to its full height of five feet, it could be the most fragrant hedge in the neighborhood! It would be the most beautiful privacy hedge, its glossy foliage will just gleam in the sunshine!

Creating a highly ornamental backdrop for your perennial and mixed-shrub borders, the constant green will highlight other plants and set off every color bloom it's paired with!

Your home's curb appeal will become splendidly increased with an evergreen hedge of these velvety blooms as your foundation planting. Just the right size to plant in front of your sunny front garden beds.

Be sure to plant one near a window or your seating area where you relax and entertain! Imagine an intense, sweet scent drifting through your window on a summer breeze...and that same scent greeting you every time you step out your front door. That's what you can expect for much of your summer with the Frost Proof Gardenia nearby!

Because Frost Proof Gardenia is just the kind of plant you'd want to keep close by, it is perfectly sized to fit into your favorite container or patio planter. 

Tolerating partial shade, Gardenia creates wonderful understory plantings and its deer resistance makes them perfect as woodland plantings. Pair the glossy foliage with fall color trees like the brilliant yellow of Quaking Aspen or the fiery reds of the Autumn Blaze Maple.

#ProPlantTips For Care

Noted for their cold-hardiness, hence the name Frost Proof, Gardenia are not only easy to grow but can be enjoyed by more homeowners in a wide variety of climates than ever before.

Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 7-10 and with flower buds tough enough to protect the blooms from late spring frosts, these Frost Proof Gardenia are really just that, frostproof, Gardenia are tough plants once established.

Water well and plant in organically rich, well-draining soils. If puddles remain on your soil after a rain, or watering, consider elevating the planting area. Add 18 - 24 inches of soil above the native soil line and plant your tree directly in that mound.

Loving the full sun, and a touch of part shade, Gardenia do best where they are protected from the cold, drying winter winds. Preferring morning sun and a touch of shade in the hottest southern sun, however, shrugs off high humidity of the south with ease!

Planting frost-free Gardenias is best done in consistently moist, acidic soil that is enriched with lots of organic material and compost. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

Slower-growing enough for you to not need to prune often however, to keep the blooms coming back for more, deadheading is advised once the blooms are spent. If pruning is required, be sure to prune only after the summer bloom has finished. After all, you wouldn't want to miss out on a single one of those amazing blooms!

Highly deer resistant, Gardenia does need to get off to a good start for best results. Be sure to water well and not let newly planted shrubs dry out between waterings their first year. Water consistently and use a good slow-release blooming plant fertilizer each spring to protect your investment.

Take care when applying lawn fertilizers near flowering shrubs. These high nitrogen formulas are designed to produce foliage, but will not support flower development. Instead, apply an all-purpose fertilizer for blooming plants in early spring. Reapply in mid-summer, following label directions for application rates.

Get a Frost Proof Gardenia shrubs and enjoy this flower's heavenly fragrance. With so many blooms you will enjoy immense wafts of fragrance in your yard, in your home, and for sharing with friends and family.

For iconic fragrance and evergreen presence, you and your garden will be delighted by the gorgeous Frost Proof Gardenia plants! Order your own scented hedge from Nature Hills today for gorgeous fragrant tomorrows!

Frequently Asked Questions

How cold is too cold for Frost Proof Gardenia?

Frost Proof Gardenia can tolerate brief frosts and overall USDA zone 7 experiences a minimum temperature average between 0° to 10°F. Anything lower or for long durations will see some leaves get some frostbite but the roots will remain safe and alive underground to regrow. 

How tall do Frost Proof Gardenias get?

Frost Proof Gardenias obtain a mature height of 4-5 feet and a mature width of 3-4 feet, in optimal conditions.

Will Frost Proof Gardenia survive winter?

In most growing zones of 7 through 10, Gardenia can tolerate seasonal short bursts of cold and are in-ground hardy down to about 0° to 10°F.

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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

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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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.

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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.

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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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Frost Proof Gardenia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-10
Growing Zones 7-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof'
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes