Gardenias and Camellias in Central Texas
Hello fellow Texas gardeners,
I recently remodeled a home and am now attempting to landscape the weed garden that has been cultivated here for the past 30 years by assiduous renters. It is a large yard and I am slowly reclaiming it. I put in alternating camellias and gardenias along the southwest side of the house last fall/winter. A large pecan tree there provides dappled shade during the summer and moderate sun all winter.
The camellias are still small, but they produced many large lovely blooms all winter. The camellia plants are currently covered in glossy green leaves and show good growth despite the start of the summer heat. The gardenias however look a bit sad. Their branches are spindly and bare. Bit by bit their leaves yellow and fall off. The august beauties are doing well but live in pretty much full shade by the porch. The frost proofs however only have a few blossoms and are speckled with yellow leaves.
The camellias look fabulous, why are the gardenias so pathetic!? I have read I may need to add nitrogen, iron, or more acidifier. I planted them with lots of compost and acidifier last fall, do I need more already?