JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
(Cape Jessamine, Gardenia, Michael Gardenia)
Best known for its lush glossy foliage, rounded habit and wonderfully fragrant flowers, common gardenia is a superb, cold-tender evergreen shrub. The cultivar 'Michael' has a dense rounded form and is one of the hardiest selections. It bears waxy, double, ivory-white flowers from late spring to late summer and has handsome dark-green leaves that provide year-round interest.
Acidic, evenly moist soil with good drainage is crucial for plant health and successful blooming. Common gardenia grows...
(Cape Jasmine, Cape Jessamine, Gardenia, Mystery Gardenia)
Best known for its lush foliage, rounded habit and wonderfully fragrant flowers, common gardenia is a superb, cold-tender evergreen shrub native to East Asia. The quintessential florist's gardenia, 'Mystery' bears large, waxy, double, ivory-white flowers from late spring to late summer or early fall. Its glossy, dark-green leaves on airy, upright branches are attractive year-round. The colorful red and yellow bases (calyces) of the flowers often remain long after the petals have dropped, providing...
James H. Schutte
Best known for its lush foliage, rounded habit and wonderfully fragrant flowers, this East Asian native is a superb evergreen shrub for warmer climate gardens. Its neat, dense form and glossy, dark green leaves provide landscape interest year round. From late spring to summer it produces many large, waxy, ivory flowers whose powerful fragrance permeates the garden. Flowers may be single, semi-double or double depending on the cultivar. Dwarf, cold-hardy, and variegated cultivars are also available....
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Dwarf Gardenia, Gardenia)
Dwarf Gardenia boasts the famously fragrant white flowers of the common gardenia but is better used as a groundcover and has smaller, finely-textured leaves. This China native has small double white flowers in the summertime.
Acidic, moist soils with good drainage with incorporated organic matter are this plant's needs. It should also be provided with full to part sun and good air circulation. This cultivar should be given a bit more protection from cold temperatures and winter winds in USDA...
(Cape Jasmine, Cape Jessamine, Gardenia, Shooting Star Gardenia)
The gardenia cultivar ‘Shooting Star’ is distinguished by its compact habit, winter hardiness and exceptionally large, fragrant, single, creamy white flowers. This Eastern Asian evergreen shrub blooms from late spring to summer. Flowers are followed by small, inedible, orange-brown fruits that mature in fall and add a hint of ornamental flair. Throughout the season, the glossy, dark green, lance-shaped leaves of gardenia remain attractive.
Though winter hardy to USDA Hardiness zone 6, this gardenia...
(Cape Jasmine, Gardenia, Variegated Gardenia)
The variegated gardenia has glossy white, creamy pale yellow and dark green leaves and double white blossoms. It is more slowly growing than the species. This medium to small shrub originates from China, Taiwan and Japan. From late spring to summer it produces waxy, ivory flowers exude oils with a lovely fragrance.
Acidic, evenly moist soils with good drainage are crucial for plant health and successful blooming. Common gardenia grows best in full to partial sun and should be provided with good...
(Everblooming Cape Jasmine, Gardenia)
Best known for its compact habit and vigorous flowering, Everblooming Cape Jasmine is a superb evergreen shrub for southern gardens.
This small shrub originates from China, Taiwan and Japan. Its neat, bushy habit and glossy, dark green leaves provide landscape interest all season. From summer to fall it produces many large, waxy, highly perfumed, ivory flowers. These are quite large and their sweet fragrance is so pungent it can be detected from afar.
Acidic, moist soils with good drainage...
(Cape Jasmine, Gardenia, White Gem Gardenia)
Best known for its lush foliage, dwarf stature and wonderfully ornamental fragrant flowers, ‘White Gem’ is a superb evergreen shrub for warm climates. From late spring to summer it produces many single, waxy, white flowers whose light fragrance permeates the garden. Flowers have six whorled petals that barely touch each other. Sporadic flowers may be seen in the cooler days of late summer and fall.
Acidic, evenly moist soil with good drainage is crucial for plant health and successful blooming....
Wavyleaf silktassel is an arresting sight in midwinter when it drapes itself with long, cascading, ghostly-gray flower clusters. This medium to large evergreen shrub is native to California and western Oregon.
Leathery, wavy-edged, oval leaves are paired along the upright to spreading branches of this rounded shrub. The leaves are glossy deep green above with downy gray undersides. In early winter, plants produce numerous drooping chains of gray-green flowers. Individual plants bear either long,...
(Cow's Tongue Cactus, Gasteria, Kus Beestong)
Large rosettes with pointed, spotted leaves make this Gasteria species look like a coarse, multi-armed starfish. Gasteria acinacifolia is the largest species and is native to the dunes across the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. A single plant becomes a cluster of multiple rosettes over time. If any portion of a leaf is trampled or broken off, it will readily root in the soil to become a new plant.
The rosette's firm, succulent leaves are strap- or spear-shaped, often...