My father is trying to plant a gardenia reminescent of one his mother had. He calls it a Cape Jasmine and says it was a large shrub, perhaps 6' but there are many types that fall under that heading. Can anyone tell me of one that grows well in central Texas, given the correct soil amendments? Thank you,
Sorry nobody's come along with any advice for you...have you tried posting on the TX gardening forum? You might find more people there who would know of some varieties that would do well there. They do best in slightly acidic soil so you may need to amend for best results, and I know they won't like afternoon sun. All the ones I've grown are not especially fond of heat, even if you have a place where they get shade in the afternoon your summers are so hot that they still might not be too terribly happy.
Annie - here was a helpful thread on Gardenia care http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/725084/
I'm in 7A and this is my first year with them but so far both the 'Shooting Star' and either the Chuck Hayes ot the Kleims Hardy are doing well for me still.
I have it in my zone. It does not like any frost at all. Even on covered patio in winter months--it survives winter barely. We have had a BF last season and I lost my huge plant. I have another one this year in a pot outdoor on covered patio and it looks ok. In my yard, it is not a plant to be in the ground for sure.
That's very weird...I wouldn't be surprised to hear a Gardenia didn't survive an AZ summer, but they're all hardy to zone 8 and some cultivars even to zone 7 so I'm really surprised they wouldn't make it through a zone 9b winter. I had one last winter in a pot and it survived our week of unusually cold temps (down to the high teens/low 20's F overnight) and didn't even show the tiniest bit of damage. This winter we haven't had the severe cold, but we've had a number of frosty nights where temps have gotten into the 25-30 range and again it's showing no signs of damage at all. So if yours aren't making it through winter I suspect there's something else going on besides the cold.
It is grown in this area and the older generations called it Cape Jasmine but I believe it is just a common Gardenia. Not sure where that name came from.
In olden days, before funeral parlors, loved ones bodies were kept at home for viewal. In the heat, the odor could be offensive. This flower bloom was used to cover that odor. As a result, many older people do not care for the fragrance. It is not as commonly grown as a result. Very pretty shrub and blooms. I have tried twice with no luck. Hope I didn't ruin it for you AnnieJo
Cape jasmine is one of the common names for Gardenia, I'm not sure the origin but my guess is it's native to someplace where there's a Cape (not Cape Cod though, too cold there!). Personally I don't find the name Gardenia that hard to remember and I think that's what the majority of people call it, but if you look it up in Plant Files you'll see Cape Jasmine listed as a common name.