Answer: I would avoid planting gardenias simply because they can be temperamental. If the soil, moisture, and sunshine are not quite to their liking they can just sit and pout. There are some azaleas that like exposure to sun or even partial sun so if you like azaleas, you might try planting Southern Indica Hybrids in the site. Some popular ones are: Brilliant (red), Duc de Rohan (salmon), Fielder's White (white), Formosa/Phoenicia (purple), George L. Tabor (lavender), Glory of Sunnyhill (orange), Little John (burgandy foliage with pink blooms), Mistrial (pink), Pride of Dorking (red), Pink Lace (pink), Red Ruffles (red), and Southern Charm (hot pink), White Grandeur (white), White Lace (white).
Best wishes with your new plants!
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