Gardenia jasminoides ‘Kleim’s Hardy’

This super fragrant gardenia makes a perfect small shrub for my small garden.

This super fragrant gardenia makes a perfect small shrub for my small garden.

Gardenia jasminoides ‘Kleim’s Hardy’

When you grow up in the south, gardenias are second nature to you. Thank goodness for microclimates because I have been able to enjoy this beautifully fragrant gardenia for many years. If there is frost damage, I am careful to remove stems and leaves without losing any healthy flower buds for summer flowers. The shrub is certainly shorter than it could be a couple zones south but it is covered with flowers and glossy attractive foliage is summer nonetheless. Listed for Zones 7 to 11, I’ve been heaping snow all winter trying to cover mine for this extraordinary winter we are having so it will be interesting to see what happens come spring.

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