Gardenia jasminoides 'Aimee' - Knowledgebase Question

Lincoln, CA
Question by lbrigleb
June 10, 2005
I am located in Lincoln, CA, Sunset Zone 9, hot, dry, Central Valley summers. I have a location on a west facing fence where I would like to place two reasonably large plants in containers. They will have full sun most of the day including late afternoon which is the hottest part of our day. Your website indicates that the Gardenia jasminoides 'Aimee' will take full or part sun, but I am concerned that this particular site may be too hot. One nursery says they'll be OK; another recommends against using them there. What is your advice?

Many thanks.


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Answer from NGA
June 10, 2005

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Although 'Aimee' is rated for full sun exposure, I don't think the site you describe would be good for this plant. Whenever you plant in containers you're exposing the root systems to more heat (direct, retained or reflected) than they would receive if planted in the ground. I'd be afraid that exposure to direct afternoon sunshine would cook the roots. If there's reflected heat from a building or wall, the leaves will burn, as well. Wish I could recommend 'Aimee' for the site, but I think you'd be taking a real chance.

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