Sally Scalera on gardenias:

Gardenia cultivars vary considerably in flower size and form, rate of growth, and bloom time and duration. If you’d like to add a gardenia to your landscape here are some varieties to consider:

• Ameii Yoshioka: Flowers of this variety are outstanding, measuring 4 to 5 inches in diameter and have the desirable camellia flower form. Foliage is a brilliant dark green. It is a vigorous grower and produces an abundance of flowers in late spring.

• August Beauty: Distinctive due to its dark green, long pointed leaves and late blooming period. Flowering occurs sporadically during summer but heaviest bloom occurs in late August.

• Belmont: This is a vigorous grower with dark green foliage and large flowers, 4 to 5 inches in diameter, produced throughout much of the growing season.

• Coral Gables: Produces large flowers on compact plants. Dark green foliage with large fragrant flowers which bloom throughout summer months.

• Glazeri: Flower production is heavy on this variety and foliage is medium green color. Peak bloom occurs in April in South Florida.

• Hadley: Flowers are produced in early spring above black green foliage. A vigorous grower with large flowers.

• Miami Supreme: Produces large flowers 4 to 6 inches in diameter above dark green foliage.

• Mystery: A compact, bushy plant with glossy, dark green foliage. Large fragrant flowers are produced during the summer months.

• Radicans: A miniature sized gardenia with compact, spreading growth habit. Small flowers are produced profusely in early summer. This variety makes a good ground cover.

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