Perhaps the ultimate queen of fragrant flowers is the Gardenia – not all varieties will tolerate our wet, cold winters but we do have several hardy cultivars that thrive in our area (although unfortunately not so much in coastal conditions). A word of caution here, Gardenias are to be considered low-maintenance plants – in fact they are more like plant divas, high-maintenance but rewarding us with amazing flowers. The potent aroma from gardenias is the sweet payoff forattending to their specific needs. Ideally plants should receive at least 4-6 hours of sunlight but be protected from the hottest afternoon sun to help flowers last longest. A location that is slightly sheltered from high winds and extreme temperatures will help the plant during winter months as will well-draining soil; occasional winter protection will especially benefit young, newly planted gardenias or those grown in containers. Weather grown in the ground or in a container, Gardenia plants prefer acidic soil and consistent watering and will likely drop flower buds and/or develop yellow leaves if these conditions are not met.Care
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