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Dwarf Gardenia Radicans

Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans'

What better groundcover than that of a dwarf gardenia? These evergreen shrubs only come up to a foot tall at most, but spread out to be 2 to 4 feet wide. In late spring and early summer the sweet scent of gardenias will fill the air from their small stark white flowers against dark green foliage.

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A truly miniature gardenia, this compact little shrub is both beautiful, fragrant, and perfect all year long. This low, spreading gardenia is also known as Creeping Gardenia or dwarf Cape Jasmine. Use as a groundcover or in containers for a wash of dark green leaves. These gardenias bloom in late spring and early summer with bright, fragrant, double white blooms. A little bit of deadheading will encourage a longer blooming cycle. While these are not cold-hardy plants, those living in zones cooler than 7 can still enjoy gardenia radicans: simply bring your containers inside in the winter and enjoy them all year long!


Hardiness Zone: 7-11
Mature Height: 6 to 12 Inches
Mature Width: 2 to 4 Feet
Classification: Evergreen shrub
Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
Habit: Mounded, spreading
Foliage: Dark green
Flower Color: White, fragrant, reblooming
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil, likes acidity
Growzone: 7-11 Dwarf Gardenia Radicans Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Dwarf Gardenia Radicans

When purchasing your Dwarf Gardenia Radicans, be sure to read the recommended care instructions for a happy and thriving plant.

What kind of soil does Gardenia Radicans prefer?

What kind of soil does Gardenia Radicans prefer?

Gardenias, such as Gardenia radicans, like their soil to be very well draining and on the acidic side. When first planting your Gardenia radicans, we recommend that you amend the local soil to make sure there is adequate drainage. Fir bark or peat moss are good choices to help create better drainage in clay soils. Also, this is good time to perform a soil test. If your soil is on the alkaline side (higher pH) then a soil acidifier or some lime can help balance your plant's new environment.

How much water do dwarf creeping gardenias need?

How much water do dwarf creeping gardenias need?

Gardenias are considered to be fairly drought tolerant once they are established. When first planting your Gardenia radicans, water thoroughly for a 5 count for each 1 gallon pot size you plant. Then, monitor the soil to see how quickly the top two inches dry out. You may need to water only once a week or up to every other day, depending on your climate. Keep the soil moist but not soggy for the first 4 to 6 weeks. After your plants are well established, you should only need to water them infrequently, or more in extreme heat.

How much sunlight does Dwarf Cape Jasmine need?

How much sunlight does Dwarf Cape Jasmine need?

Gardenia radicans prefer full sun to partial shade, but morning sun is the best as it is less harsh and less likely to cause scorching on the leaves. East or south facing walls are preferable. Protect your gardenias from cold or windy areas and make sure they get at least 4 to 6 hours of direct morning sun per day.

Should I fertilize my Dwarf Gardenias?

Should I fertilize my Dwarf Gardenias?

Gardenia radicans are moderate growing and they make a very handsome evergreen groundcover. In order for gardenias to give their maximum performance, certain fertilization requirements must be met. We recommend fertilizing them when first planting, and then again before their growing seasons. Do not fertilize in fall or early winter - even though they are evergreen, they still need to enter into a growth dormancy in the winter and fertilizing can disrupt this process. We recommend early spring before their spring growth begins, and again in mid summer after they have finished blooming.


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