June Fragrance

Gardenia jasminoides 'Chuck Hayes'

Gardenia jasminoides ‘Chuck Hayes’

The lusciously sweet scent of gardenia is back in the garden.

The western border against the fence, planted with Gardenia jasminoides ‘Chuck Hayes,’  is beginning to fill with creamy rich blossoms.

Gardenia jasminoides 'Chuck Hayes'

Gardenia jasminoides ‘Chuck Hayes’

This Chuck Hayes hedge bloomed earlier last year, by May 23, but since everything was early last year, I checked my records back another year. In 2011 the date was June 4.

The mature size of this hardy evergreen is 3-6 feet in height and width. In this garden those in more sun are approaching the 6-foot mark while those situated under more shade are 3-4-feet.  This year’s abundant rain was perfect for keeping these plants looking healthy.

Gardenia jasminoides 'Chuck Hayes'

Gardenia jasminoides ‘Chuck Hayes’

Two gardenias of unknown species are in full bloom today along the northern side of the house as well.

Gardenia jasminoides sp.

Gardenia jasminoides sp.

Gardenia jasminoides sp.

Gardenia jasminoides sp.

 

These 8-foot shrubs were rooted by a dear friend and former next-door-neighbor.  Across the driveway sits the gardenia she planted when she lived there. It is still growing strong, but ironically it has not begun blooming yet this season.

This gardenia’s individual blossoms look so compelling, it was impossible to select one representative image.

Gardenia jasminoides sp.

Gardenia jasminoides sp.

Gardenia jasminoides sp.

Gardenia jasminoides sp.

Gardenia jasminoides sp.

Gardenia jasminoides sp.

Gardenia jasminoides sp.

Gardenia jasminoides sp.

I brought some flowers into the house to enjoy and the gardenia scent is delightful.

Note
Five Gardenia jasminoides ‘August Beauty’ (Gardenia) planted last year to screen the heating/air conditioning units are disappointing so far.  They are barely hanging on, showing yellowing leaves and little growth.

19 thoughts on “June Fragrance

  1. Christina

    So beautiful, we are able to grow so many of the same plants in our gardens but very sadly for me this isn’t one of them, our winters are just too cold. Enjoy the perfume for me too. Christina

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  2. Pauline

    Your garden must smell absolutely heavenly at the moment, you must be out there at every opportunity enjoying it! Such a shame they aren’t hardy here, thank you for sharing yours with us.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      In my area these are as close to maintenance-free as it gets. Lucky for me because I am not good at providing consistent care for my plants.

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  3. Alberto

    Hi Susie, I’ve never seen a gardenia that tall in my life! Normally here we have them not taller than 1 foot and we keep them in pots, indoor. I love their perfume but yet I don’t like to keep plants in ‘captivity’ indoors, they all die on me. Lovely to know you have 6foot tall gardenias!
    (so it never freezes in your garden?!)

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  4. pbmgarden Post author

    Actually yes, it does get below freezing here sometimes Alberto. I read our lowest recorded temperature was -8°F in 1985, but can’t recall that time myself. The pass-along gardenias in my yard are planted next to the house and I presume that gives them some protection. The Chuck Hayes is specially bred to be hardy to 0°F. So far, so good! If I had to rely on pots indoors I wouldn’t do much gardening.

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  5. P&B

    Stunning! I wish I could grow them outside. I don’t think mine like being in a pot since it doesn’t do anything in the last couple of years.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      These are the prettiest they’ve been in years with all the rain we’ve had. Wish I could offer some advice about growing them in pots but I’m sure you’ve tried anything I could suggest.

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