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Hardy gardenia vvarieties that survived the past winter?

Posted by kimka z6B ( on
Mon, May 19, 14 at 9:55

Does anybody have a hardy gardenia variety that survived and preferably has thrived through this past winter around the Washington DC area? I'm looking for one with a lot of fragrance.

I know most varieties are marginally hardy in the Washington area and I'm on the cold end of the Washington zone, since I have very little concrete or black top to hold heat in my area. In addition, I want to grow it in a great big pot on my deck, the only place I have full sun, so even a little more hardiness would be good.

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RE: Hardy gardenia vvarieties that survived the past winter?

Kim, Jim has tried two varieties; both died. I'll try to check the tags for you. He bought his from Homestead Gardens and was warned that "hardy" was a relative term and depended not just on temperature but the total environment -- rain, snow, cloud cover, soils, etc. We have successfully overwintered jasmine, brugsmansia, and mandevilla. Any new gardenia is going to stay in a pot and come inside.


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