Answer: BOTANICAL NAME: Abelia grandiflora
I think the best choice for your garden is FIRST LOVE? GARDENIA (Gardenia jasminoides 'Aimee'). This shrub has wonderfully fragrant double white 4 to 5 inch blooms, which are larger than any other Gardenia. It`s the first Gardenia to bloom in spring and continues well into the growing season. Grows in full to partial sun and reaches 5 to 8 feet tall, 3 to 6 feet wide.
Other choices might be Glossy Abelia, 4-6' tall, 3-5' wide; Cape Jasmine, 4-6' tall, 4-5' wide; or Pieris japonica, which reaches 4-6' tall and wide.
The key to whitefly control is not a specific insecticide: the key is persistence. Almost any insecticide will kill a whitefly. Insecticidal soap, neem oil, horticultural oil, permethrin, bifenthrin and lambda-cyhalothrin are deadly to the bug. Getting the insecticide in contact with the insect involves some agility and perseverance though.
Since whiteflies live under gardenia leaves it is critical to direct your spray upwards under the leaves. Plan to spend several minutes with each gardenia, working to achieve complete coverage. One spray won?t kill all of them. Nearby plants harbor the creatures and they will move back in within a few days. If you have citrus whiteflies on your gardenia, mark your calendar to apply an insecticide to the plant every seven days for a month. If the bugs reappear during the summer, repeat the four sprays.
Best wishes with your new gardenias!
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