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Gardenias

Gardenias are wonderful, versatile plants and do very well in Canberra with just a bit of effort during the growing season. Great plants for dappled shade, or areas with morning sun, they are also useful as a low hedge in areas of semi-shade. They are not frost tender – this is a myth – and are actually quite hardy plants once established. The flowering period is from about October through to the end of February but the difficulty in Canberra is to get them to flower freely and maintain a good, deep green leaf colour. These problems are due to our dry climate but there are a number of simple solutions and the reward of fragrant white flowers is truly worth the small amount of extra effort.

Ann Costelloe