As the common name implies, Creeping Gardenia’s habit is low and spreading with a dwarf size. The showy white flowers have the same heady fragrance as the parent plant but they are smaller. Prune off dead blooms to encourage rebloom. It will bloom boldly in late spring, and then on and off through the summer.
It requires part shade to full sun; however, some afternoon shade is advisable as leaves may scorch and buds may drop. Acidic soil that is high in organic matter and has good drainage is a must. If soil is too alkaline, leaves will yellow and blooms may drop. It is heat and drought tolerant and deer resistant but should be protected from cold winter winds.
Creeping Gardenia makes an excellent foundation plant, low-hedge groundcover, or border planting. Place it beside a patio or walkway to fully enjoy its large and fragrant blooms. It even works well planted in containers.
Zones 7B to 10
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