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The gardenia's fragrance on a warm summer's night is breathtaking. When a gardenia is planted near a deck or patio, it's inviting smell will eventually be a conversation piece when hosting friends or family. When they are not in full bloom, gardenias are wonderful evergreens. Year in & year out, this shrub will become your "best friend" & a great source of pride. Gardenias crave warmth & they need moisture. Some varieties will survive a light frost, but they will be unhappy surviving in climates cooler than Zone 7. Yes, they can be drought tolerant once well established, but do not neglect them for an entire season. Tropical soils are typically soils that are more on the acidic side. The ideal range is soil with a pH between 5.0 & 6.0, but you do not need a degree in chemistry to keep the soil at this pH level. We recommend acidic fertilizers; then there is always our trusted garden companion peat moss. Some gardenias defy the odds & grow, without amendment, in any soil they find. They are a little more forgiving. When planting near concrete like patios or sidewalks, you might want to consider adding acidic fertilizers. Concrete is quite alkaline, & can leech chemicals into the soil. in other words, most of your garden soil could be quite suitable for gardenias, but the edges around the new concrete could be alkaline. Gardenias like bright, but not harsh, direct sunlight. They are not shade lovers. If left on their own as a showcase shrub, they will take on a beautiful round shape with gorgeous, dark green & glossy leaves. How to Plant Gardenias Gardenias thrive outdoors in growing zones 7 to 10. You may be fortunate & have a warmer microclimate in a part of your garden that is in a lower numbered zone, but in most cases where you are below Zone 7 temperature range, your gardenia will do better if it is a potted shrub & can be brought indoors as the temperature cools. As a quick rule, if your garden ever gets below 10 degrees F, your gardenia should be in a pot. Before you plant your gardenias, you will want an area in your garden that gets full sun for several hours a day; at least six hours a day. If you live in an area of intense sunlight, we recommend light shade. These sunlight requirements apply whether the gardenia is an outdoor plant, or is a potted plant that is brought indoors. The area you select should have rich, acidic soil that is well-drained. Check your area's extension service or even ask a local garden club member for your soil conditions. If the soil does not have the pH range of 5.0 to 6.0, it should be brought to that level. Don't choose a spot where the ground gets soggy. If you live in an area where the soil is clay or very sandy, we highly recommend using a gardenia soil, or adding organic matter such as peat moss & aged compost. If you are planting your gardenia in a large ceramic pot, the same rules apply to the soil in the pot. We recommend planting your gardenias about 3 feet to 6 feet apart, depending on the size of



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