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.
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.
Two gardenias of unknown species are in full bloom today along the northern side of the house as well.
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.
I brought some flowers into the house to enjoy and the gardenia scent is delightful.
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.