I purchased this plant online from PW ln March 2022..Unfortunately it was tossed around in delivery by the shipping company and it was damaged badly...however...I planted it in a large container and set it in a sunny location when it arrived. I must say that it has thrived very well and i never had any issues w/the health of the plant..nor did it get any insect or other issues. The leaves are deep glossy green and look as though they are :"leaf shined". The plant is quite vigorous for a woody shrub and it has more than tripled in size.. The flowers are fully double albeit quite a bit smaller than a Mystery gardenia...but they are as fragrant and well formed as any fine gardenia. I haven't babied the plant but i have been giving it regular watering and ferts......Frankly its the jewel in my container garden for its vigor and performance. Im in zone 7B and this will be my first overwintering so I hope it does well. Its in a SW location close to a brick wall so I am hoping that it will get radiant heat from the "stone"..I will make sure i keep an eye on it as I love gardenias and I was thinking of putting it in a black "overpot" container to attract heat over the winter..Im hoping for the best..This plant has really given me alot of pleasure watching it grow and bloom..........I recommend this plant very highly for its attractiveness and performance. The shape is quite symetrical in that it grows well from all areas of the plant..I have not pruned it and dont think i will have to for next season...I do think the plant might be re named to Steady as She Grows.......Thanks PW for your fine plants...Bob Perricone (7B)
Steady as She Goes® Gardenia jasminoides
A Gardenia you can depend on! This introduction from Phil Dark gives you everything you need - heat tolerance, cold hardiness, and best of all, continuous blooming. You won't have to worry about flower buds dropping off due to bad weather, Steady as She Goes® will keep blooming up until frost. All the while being complemented beautifully by glossy, evergreen foliage.
Top reasons to grow Steady as She Goes™ gardenia:
- Improved heat tolerance.
- Continuous blooming.
- Cold hardiness.
In short, when you plant it, you'll have a lot less worrying and a lot more enjoying to do!Fragrant FlowerContinuous Bloom or RebloomerLong BloomingResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:EvergreenHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:36 - 60 InchesSpacing:48 - 84 InchesSpread:48 - 84 InchesFlower Colors:WhiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Dark GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:ModerateBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:SummerBloom Time:SpringHardiness Zones:7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10bWater Category:ConsistentNeeds Good DrainageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
Blooms for the entire growing season, so it's suitable for high traffic areas where its plentiful fragrant blooms can be enjoyed.Maintenance Notes:
Needs well-draining, moist soil. Will get stressed and drop buds if there are any moisture issues.
Any pruning should be done in spring, and only to remove damaged or dead branches.Steady as She Goes® Gardenia jasminoides 'Prince Charles' USPP 29,304
3 Reviews534321Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
Bob, New York, United States, 23 weeks ago
I love this plant! It has done well in the heat and has been putting on some decent growth this year. I am a bit nervous for it during the winter as I live in zone 7b; and it is only hardy to a Zone 7. Hopefully my gardenia does well this coming winter and I can see it grow and blossom next year.Shaheeda Rahim, New York, United States, 27 weeks ago