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Swan Queen™

Gardenia

A regal presence in the garden

Swan Queen™ is a commanding yet lovely presence in the garden, with abundant reblooming double flowers covering a dense mound of glossy foliage. Her royal breeding shows, with superior pest, disease, and cold tolerance. 

 

Gardenia jasminoides '4MARIAJ01' PPAF

Double blooms 

Perfect for white gardens and moon gardens

Double blooms shine

Bountiful buds

Mounded form with glossy foliage

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Swan Queen™

Plant Profile

Plant Type
Evergreen
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Average Height
4'
Average Width
5'
Average Spacing
4'-5'
Hardiness Zones
Zone 6B-9
Soil Moisture
Well-drained, average moisture
Swan Queen™

Development Story

The Swan Series of gardenias were developed by our in-house horticulturist, Brian Jernigan, and his wife, Maria. They were striving to improve cold hardiness and disease resistance, while achieving beautiful blooms, reliable rebloom, and a compact habit.

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

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.

  • A classic beauty

    A classic beauty

    Gardenias are a classic choice for both formal and cottage gardens, combining the structure of a bold, evergreen shrub with richly fragrant, exquisite white blooms. 

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