Doubloon gardenia produces large flowers of
you have fascinated about finding a gold doubloon Iíve
got one for you, and it is a stunning gardenia variety.
Like the word suggest doubloon or double this gardenia
gives you dazzling color with gold and green foliage and
large tantalizingly aromatic flowers.
a child I was always fascinated with the story of
Ulysses and particularly the part where the sirens would
lure them to shore. In the garden it is the gardenia,
perhaps one like gold doubloon that will create a detour
in your path or plan, and make you linger as you fall
under a magical spell of the intoxicating smell.
is this fragrance like a rare perfume that has made the
gardenia a part of American landscapes since the 1700ís.
Pick a flower and set it in a shallow bowl of water and
your room will soon be flooded by the sweet aroma.
treasure is known botanically as gardenia jasminoides,
often referred to as cape jasmine and is native to
Japan, China and Taiwan. Many find it interesting to
know that it is in the rubiaceae family with well-known
relatives, coffee, pentas and ixora.
the South, the most popular use of the gardenia is as a
free standing specimen. Another great and much
overlooked use is as part of an informal border combined
with azaleas or other evergreen shrubs such as hollies.
Gardenias are also great in large containers on a patio
or deck. In our shade garden, gold doubloon stands out
like beacons of light among the tall pines. We are also
growing another showy variegated selection called
Kaleidoscope. This one has green, yellow and white
your garden center while gardenias are in bloom is like
going to a bakery when the loaves of bread just come out
of the oven. Not even my treasured night jasmine can
compete with the fragrance of the gardenia. Many
gardeners donít realize that we have variety of
choices like gold doubloon, rated to zone 7, and the
extra cold, hardy crown jewel that is rated for zone 6,
and frostproof that has won the Mississippi Medallion
and the Louisiana Super Plant awards.
most popular gardening may still be August beauty, which
reaches a height of 4 to 6 feet. In addition to gold
doubloon, I am kind of partial to one called mystery,
which may reach 8 feet. Both mystery and August beauty
repeat bloom off and on through fall. These are
recommended for zone 8 and warmer perhaps trying in a
warmer micro-climate in zone in7.
you want shorter plants, you have two options. One
called daisy reaches about 3 feet and radicans is a
dwarf variety reaching only 2 feet tall. Radicans looks
different with pointed leaves and smaller but just as
fragrant flowers. They make a nice border similar to
dwarf yaupon. Radicans is sensitive to cold damage, so
severe winters make knock back or even kill it. If you
will be moving plants indoors these smaller selections
may be easier.
exposure is ideal for a gardenia, so they get about six
hours of sunlight followed by protection from the
scorching sun. This can also help protect from the
blustery winter winds. I also like under the shifting
light of tall pines. Though I have seen a few, it is a
rare gardenia that does well on the west side in full
require acidic soil similar to that of an azalea. After
planting your gardenias in an, organic rich,
well-drained bed, be sure to keep them well watered to
get them established. Prolonged dryness will play havoc
on many newly planted trees and shrubs. If your gardenia
needs pruning, shape as desired after the main spring
bloom. If you donít have a gardenia, take time to get
close and personal with a blossom this spring for a
sensory experience you are not soon to forget.