Frost Proof Gardenia

Blooms After a Harsh Winter AND Holds Blooms After a Frost!

  • Cold hardy
  • Sweet intoxicating scent!
  • Snowy white blossoms
  • Plant any time of the year
  • Pest Resistant
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The Frost Proof Gardenia is best known as the Grace Of The South. This heat loving evergreen shrub with intensely fragrant blooms will have you star struck with its southern beauty.

The beautiful white double formed blooms provide a great contrast against shiny dark green leaves.  It is great planted around a deck or window, so you can enjoy the fragrance during the entire blooming season. The Gardenia is a must have in every landscaping.

The Frost Proof Gardenia gets its name because of its frost hardiness.  It will hold its blooms after a frost!  The Frost Proof Gardenia is also much more insect resistant than older varieties.

Snowy white blossoms can be expected to emerge on this glossy evergreen shrub from spring throughout summer. The Frost Proof Gardenia prefers partial to full sun and requires well drained soil. The dense low growing growth habit makes the Gardenia popular for its ability to thrive in limited amounts of space.  Only growing to height of 4 feet and a width of 3 feet, it is perfect to fill in tight spaces or simply to reside as a container plant.

Whatever the need may be, the Frost Proof Gardenia is sure to grace you with its beauty and fragrance. The Gardenia will waft sweet, intoxicating scents your way during the blooming season. Classic and not to showy, this shrub will be sure to delight you as well as anyone who comes upon it.

Buy your gardenia today, and enjoy the wonderful fragrance that nature has graced upon us!

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Grows in Zones 7, 8, 9, 10
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Soil Type Well-drained
Mature Height 3-4 Feet
Mature Width 2-3 Feet
Drought Tolerance Good
Fall Color Dark Green
Bloom Color White
Botanical Name Gardenia jasminoides

How To Care for your new Frost Proof Gardenia

Frost Proof Gardenia are known for holding their blooms during overnight freezes.  The Frost Proof is really an easy plant to care for.  You will not have to do much except for water it upon planting.  

We suggest keeping your new gardenia fertilized at least once per year starting in the spring.  Use a high quailty slow release fertilier to prevent any nutrient deficiencies and encourge growth.

Frost Proof Gardenias can be left alone if you would like a more natural look or you can prune/shear them.  Wait until after flowering before pruning or you will remove the beautiful blooms.  

Also use a mulch around your gardenias.  Mulch will help prevent weeds and retain moisture for your plants.  


Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  


Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 1-2 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.


Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the shipping map below.  Please note that shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  

West coast orders on plants will be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex, UPS, or USPS.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when the carrier picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

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Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant! 

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Deer Proof too
I have been raising gardenias for about 40 years, my father did so before me. I live north of Washington DC and have never had a gardenia that is frost free. This is a great advancement for gardenia growers in the mid-atlantic region. I dig mine up in the fall and drop it back in its hole in the spring and don't worry about frosty nights and covering it. Indoors, it lives in my cool dark basement and I water it about every 2 weeks.
February 27, 2015
Love the Gardenia!
My Sister -in-Law's Mother died and I wanted to send her a perennial flower instead of cut ones. I chose a Gardenia. Later, she told me that she loves it and that it was her Mother's favorite. I didn't know that but I'm very happy I got it.
September 28, 2016
1 year ago
After receiving 6 Frost Proof Gardenia we were shocked how big they were. . The 3 gallon size worked out perfect for the front of our house. Thanks guys.
February 7, 2015
Frost free Gardinia
I have always loved Gardenias, but couls never have them due to the cold, I love this one, and was so excited in getting it. this will be its first winter. But my only dissapointment was that it bloomed once early, and did not re bloom all summer, but might be due to new plant, thank you
October 6, 2016
1 year ago
Response from
You are correct. Newly planted plants focus energy on establishing their roots. So, often times they skip or have sparse blooming the first year in the ground. Fertilize in spring with a slow balanced, slow release fertilizer for optimal blooms:)
October 7, 2016
Jill RStaff
High hopes for these beautiful gardenias!
Arrived in great condition. Healthy with buds. Fingers crossed it will thrive in my garden!
May 9, 2017
5 months ago
So far So good
I've only had it a week it still looks good and healthy.Give it a couple of months and we will see what is happening then
February 22, 2017
8 months ago
Bought this as a gift for my mom.
She loved it. Arrived in great shape and very healthy looking.
May 13, 2017
5 months ago
Very nice plants
The plants arrived in very good condition and looked every bit as nice as if I'd found them at a quality local nursery. Customer service was great, as well, when I had a question. Thanks!
October 1, 2017
2 weeks ago
I would recommend the frost proof gardenia because the plant is very hardy, disease resistant and smell so wonderful.
July 22, 2017
3 months ago
Nice size
Ordered 3 frost proof gardenias for the front of our home. The were large and full and what I expected. I will be ordering more plants from here.
September 6, 2014
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I love the hardiness and beauty of this shrub.
Cynthia T on Oct 8, 2017
So beautiful
Yi ling L on Jun 17, 2017
I love the hardiness and beauty of this shrub.
Cynthia T on Oct 8, 2017
Its hardiness
Melinda W on Sep 9, 2017
So beautiful
Yi ling L on Jun 17, 2017
This frost proof gardenia will hopefully provide us with blooms throughout the summer. We look forward to this!
Anne D on May 27, 2017
The look of the plant and the fragrant sweet smell of the flowers.
Elizabeth F on May 2, 2017
love, love, love fragrance of gardenia; can't believe these are truly frost proof, but we shall see--can't wait for them to arrive and get them planted!
Barbara Z on Apr 26, 2017
Looking for fragrant plants and frost proof
Nancy d on Apr 19, 2017
I have some already and would like some more
jessica t on Apr 15, 2017
Wanted 2 flowering but short plants.
Lynn H on Apr 12, 2017
Good online reviews
Bryan C on Apr 9, 2017
I already have three and love them.
Chase R on Apr 5, 2017
Lovely addition to to the backyard and smells wonderful ,never knew that this item was frost proof.
Sharon M on Mar 3, 2017
It isn't sensitive to the cold weather,frost proof
charles w on Feb 8, 2017
It's cute and hardy so I won't kill it
Laura M on Nov 14, 2016
My first try at gardenias in mid Atlantic zone 7
Marguerite L on Oct 15, 2016
I wanted a beautiful, white Gardenia as a memorial for my sister-law's Mother who passed away on September 17, 2016.
Joyce W on Sep 18, 2016
My cousin lives in NJ so she'll need the Frost Proof Gardenias.
Joseph K on Sep 16, 2016
Less maintenance, but very beautiful. A nice fragrance to greet visitors by the front door.
Anita R on Sep 16, 2016
Frost proof
Robert P on Aug 14, 2016
Its hardiness
Melinda W on Sep 9, 2017
This frost proof gardenia will hopefully provide us with blooms throughout the summer. We look forward to this!
Anne D on May 27, 2017
can i plant in a shady place?
A shopper on Oct 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, only full to part sun. I would recommend at least 6 hours of full sun per day. Gardenias thrive in sunny spots.
How suitable is the frost proof gardenia as a potted indoor plant?
A shopper on Jul 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: as long as you have a very sunny spot and a pot that drains well it should do fine. Just remember that plants in containers need fertilized more often.
What is then approximate size of a 3 gallon Gardenia ? I need to know how many to order to fill the planter , thanks
Pauline Y on Sep 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine (I ordered 4) were about 14" across and maybe 9-10 " high. Kind of comparable to a mum when you buy them in same 3 gal pot but mums are tighter. The gardenias were airy.
I have two pots about 15 to. 18 inches across and 20 to. 22 inches tall that sits in front of entrance to my house. And will they live during the winter in my area?
A shopper on Nov 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure where your area is but they should do fine. Just make sure they don't dry out in the containers.
Any problems with planting them close to a concrete retaining wall ?
don h on Nov 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine are 2 feet from my concrete foundation of the house, just put them in this summer. They have been fine, waiting to see how they fair during winter and come out in the spring.
Can one trim back gardenias?
A shopper on Nov 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. You should trim them back right after they finish flowering to prevent removing new blooms.
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