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Question: I live in zone 7 and want to plant a few gardenias. Which type is the best for my area. I have called numerous nurseries in my area and they all tell me something different. All I really want is an evergreen shrub with a long blooming time.

Answer: NC State University recommends Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans' for your gardening region. The growth rate is considered rapid to moderate, it will grow in full sun to partial shade, has white flowers in May-June, and grows to a height of 1 to 2'; spread 2 to 3'. If you're looking for a larger shrub, the university recommends Gardenia augusta (G. jasminoides). This evergreen has a moderate growth habit, grows in full sun to partial shade in acidic, moist, well draining soil high in organic matter. It reaches a height of about 6' and a width of 4-5'. It forms a dense, rounded mound and produces flowers all summer long. It is drought tolerant; may winter burn if exposed to cold and strong winds.

Best wishes with your new gardenia!

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