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Gardenias in Central Texas?

Posted by runjbells 8b/Austin area (My Page) on
Tue, May 8, 07 at 8:50

My 8 year old fell in love with the August Beauty Gardenia she saw at the gardening center last night. I held off from buying it because I've always considered it hard to grow - like a hydrangea. However, I told her I would research it and maybe get it today. We have tons of shade! While I appreciate that in the summer, we would still enjoy some more flowering shade tolerant bushes that won't get huge (I already have Turk's cap). Has anyone had any luck growing these or anything else that might give us some color in the shade and not be HUGE! ? Thanks a bunch!

Oh. I did try an Oakleaf Hydrangea. It DID (past tense) great. Unfortunately, it got too much water with all the rain we had (and I'm sure powerwashing the house didn't help either) and died on me! I can't find another one - anyone in Austin had luck finding one recently?

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RE: Gardenias in Central Texas?

They do better with afternoon shade. Use gardenia food on it and it will do ok. This picture is from 2005.

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RE: Gardenias in Central Texas?

ooooh! That's pretty. We'll get the Gardenia food and try it! Thanks for the help.

RE: Gardenias in Central Texas?

I can remember in the late 50's (dating myself, I know) my mom had a hedge of gardenias and it was really beautiful when in bloom, and smelled wonderful. I also remember white flies being a BIG problem, and I think thrips too. And the individual blooms didn't last very long. Just seems to me Oakleaf Hydrangea has more interesting characteristics, so I will be trying to find a replacement for my PeeWee Oakleaf that succumbed to the drenching too. I think it's a little early for Oakleafs to be in the garden centers - seems they show up after the standard hydrangea offerings.

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