IntroductionFragrant, Creamy White Flowers You Can’t Miss!East to care forLow maintenanceMakes great hedges!DescriptionEnjoy the heavenly scented August Beauty Gardenia in your yard! The August Beauty Gardenia will flower all the way through August. The sweetly scented flowers are creamy white and large. The August Beauty Gardenia is perfect to conceal air conditioners or plant in hedges or in front of a fence. You can plant in masses for big impact and extra fragrance! They add year-round color with their shiny evergreen leaves.Some plants that compliment this Gardenia in the landscape are Daylilies, Dianthus, Barberry, and Blue Star Juniper. This Gardenia evergreen shrub likes full sun The more sun it has, the more flowers it will produce. Plant in any soil condition and your August Beauty will be happy. It is also a low maintenance shrub that requires very little pruning. However, pruning to keep the August Beauty at a certain height is just fine.Your new, easy-to-maintain August Beauty Gardenia will make a great compliment to your landscape. Buy our larger 3 gallon size to get started faster.How To CareWhen planting your August Beauty Gardenia be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new plants to thrive. Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant Gardenias. However, if you avoid freezing and extremely hot temperatures you can plant any time of the year.The August Beauty Gardenia requires full to part sun and prefers moist, well-drained, fertile, acidic soil. If you have alkaline soil, be sure to amend your soil. To acidify your soil mend with compost, elemental sulfur, or use fertilizers specific for acid loving plants. Mulching with pine straw or pine bark will help over time as they begin to break down, but are not an immediate solution. To improve drainage in something like a heavy clay soil, add compost and be sure to loosen up the soil well before planting. Keep the soil moist, but not saturated, especially in summer and in the first year after planting. After the first year, it is best to allow the soil to begin to dry out in between waterings. In very dry and hot environments, misting your gardenia’s leaves daily or every other day will keep your plant happy. Mulching at about 2 inches deep is highly recommended for gardenias. Mulching will cut back on watering needs and protect your plant in extreme temperatures. Fertilize once in spring with our 6 month slow release fertilizer. You don’t need to prune gardenias, but pruning your flowering shrubs after they are done blooming can help encourage a bushier growth and renew an older plant. Remove dead or crowded branches any time. Avoid heavy pruning or pruning for shape anytime from fall until bloom as buds form in fall.The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. You can treat scale, whiteflies, and aphids naturally with neem oil or insecticidal soap. For severe infections you can use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. Fungal infection can be prevented by making sure the planting site has good drainage and avoiding overhead watering in any environment other than a hot, dry one. Be sure if you do use overhead irrigation, use it in the morning, and monitor closely to ensure this water is able to evaporate off the leaves before the evening.Landscape IdeasThe August Beauty Gardenia works great when planted around air conditioners, in hedges, or in front of a fence. Plant in masses and space about 3-4 feet apart. They add year round color. Some plants that compliment this Gardenia in the landscape are Daylilies, Dianthus, Barberry, and Blue Star Juniper.Learn when to prune your flowering shrubs.For additional options, be sure to browse our Gardenia collection.