Whimsical Fragrant Flowers

This evergreen beauty has whimsical flowers, an intoxicating fragrance and repeat blooms from late spring through fall.  The glossy green foliage provides year round interest.  Exceptionally cold hardy.


Gardenia augusta PP#22,510

Pinwheel® Gardenia

Intensely fragrant blooms

Repeat blooms throughout the summer

Exceptionally cold hardy

Great for container planting

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Plant Profile

Plant Type
Full Sun to Part Shade
Average Height
4' to 4'
Average Width
4' to 4'
Average Spacing
4' to 4'
Hardiness Zones
Zone 6-9 (-10°F to 30°F) (-23°C to -1°C)
Soil Moisture
Well-drained, semi-moist

Features & Uses


  • Disease resistant
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Repeat Blooming
  • Fragrant
  • Mildew resistant

Garden Uses:

  • Border
  • Container
  • Mass Planting
  • Specimen

General Maintenance


  • Pruning is not required, but if you need to prune to maintain a desired size do so after flowering.


  • Apply general purpose fertilizer in the spring when new growth appears. Check with your preferred garden center for your specific area.

Companion Plants

There are several plants that would make great companions in the garden or landscape.
The key to companion planting is selecting plants with similar cultural requirements. Below are a few suggestions:


Combine with Dragonwing Begonia, Creeping Jenny, Pennisetum Jade Princess and Purple Fountain Grass.

Development Story

Gardenias are native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia, Australasia and Oceania. The Chinese have long appreciated the gardenia, as they have cultivated it for more than 1,000 years. It was discovered by Westerners in the 18th century and was named for the Scottish naturalist Alexander Garden (1730-1791). 

Development Story

Development Story

Alexander Garden was born near Aberdeenshire, Scotland and came to the American 'colonies' in the early 1750s. Settling in Charles Town, South Carolina, he was a physician, a planter, and a plantation owner. His plantation, Yeshoe, grew indigo and produced dye for export to England. Besides his professions, Garden was a naturalist collecting mineral, plant and animal specimens for scientific scrutiny. Anyone wishing to explore the Carolinas stopped by Yeshoe Plantation to confer with Garden.

Development Story

Development Story

Over the years, he made friends with naturalists such as John Ellis and William Bartram supplying them with directions, advice, and plants. So in 1761, when John Ellis received a specimen of a remarkable new plant from China, he convinced Carl Linnaeus to name it for his friend Dr. Garden. A loyalist during the American Revolution, Alexander Garden was exiled to England in 1782. The Gardenia took Europe and the 'colonies' by storm.

Development Story

Development Story

Throughout the years, Gardenias have grown increasingly popular for its sweet fragrance. Elegant blooms combined with their beautiful foliage make great cut flowers for arrangements. Heaven Scent® & Pinwheel® Gardenias can be enjoyed year round in the landscape as screens, hedges, borders, or container plants.


Elegant blooms combined with their beautiful foliage make great cut flowers for arrangements.

Development Story
Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soil. When planting, condition the soil with plenty of organic matter. Mulch after planting to maintain moisture in the soil. The Heaven Scent® and Pinwheel® Gardenia are perfect choices for container gardens. By combining with annuals and perennials, their repeat blooming habits and interesting winter color add year round interest to your patio. Remember to place containers where you will enjoy the wonderful fragrance.

Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Planting Guide

  • Dig a planting hole twice as large as the root ball
  • Remove plant from container and place in planting hole
  • Level top of root ball with the ground
  • Backfill
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Keep moist until established
Care & Planting

Care & Planting


Pruning is not required, but if you need to prune to maintain a desired size, do so after flowering.

Cut Flowers

Cut Flowers

Using Gardenia as Cut Flowers

Heaven Scent® and Pinwheel® Gardenia make a wonderful, fragrant cut flower. Place them in a vase or float them in a bowl. Their naturally sweet fragrance brings the outdoor garden inside.

  • In the Garden

    In the Garden

    Enjoy the intoxicating fragrance and evergreen beauty of Pinwheel® in the garden. The large whimsical blooms add a little fun to the landscape as a specimen or selection in a mixed shrub border

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