Evergreen Shrubs under 4 ft.

Landscape Significance

Gardenia augusta 'Radicans' makes an attractive groundcover for a small area.  Its low growing habit is better used for edging rather than hedging.

 

 

Dwarf Gardenia (Gardenia augusta 'Radicans')
This photo was taken on Fort Sumter Dr., Charleston, SC.

Also known as Creeping Gardenia, this cultivar is a low, dense spreading shrub to 2' high that covers itself in small, double-white typical gardenia-like flowers in May and June. 

This plant needs to be protected in the Piedmont so it does not get direct early morning sun. It is drought tolerant and prefers shade. (Note: Gardenia augusta was previously known as Gardenia jasminoides or Cape jessamine.)

Identifying characteristics

Whorled leaf arrangement of leathery, lustrous dark green leaves generally 1/2" x 2".  Fragrant 1" waxy white flowers bloom in early summer.

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