Published On: Sun, Mar 19th, 2017

Two New Plants: Daisy Gardenia and Hilda Honeycutt Camellia

On the north side of the front porch, I built a small planter area last year, but left it plantless.  This year, I finally got around to figuring out what to plant there.  The challenge is finding plants that can thrive with very little direct sunlight.  Almost none, actually.  And since it’s under an awning, the planter won’t get much if any rainfall when it rains either.

So, I found two plants which are supposed to prefer the shade.  They are flowering plants as well, flowering at different times of the year.

There are three plants total in the space.  Two of them are Daisy Gardenia evergreen shrubs.

Daisy Gardenia
Daisy Gardenia

Gardenia x Daisy is a nice rounded evergreen shrub with glossy green foliage and very, very fragrant white flowers. This plant is oftentimes listed as Gardenia jasminoides, yet it’s proper classification would put it in the Gardenia augusta family. This particular Gardenia variety has been specifically refined & bred for increased cold hardiness, making Gardenia x Daisy an actual viable option for locations as far as zone 6b – however, a sheltered location is required in this zone. Foliage is nice sized, averaging about 2 1/4″ long, and has a very glossy, thick, almost leathery texture.

Blooms are pure snow white when first opening, and then take on a creamy color as they expire. Each individual bloom averages just over 2″ in diameter, and also has a small yellow center, which looks almost “button like”. Blooming time begins in mid May, and continues right on thru the entire month of July…even later in some climates. Blooms are extremely fragrant, and we recommend these plants be located somewhere that will have plenty of traffic & activity around, in order for everyone to enjoy the wonderful fragrance.

The other plant is a spring and winter bloomer called Hilda Honeycutt Camellia.  Should be a good balance to the Daisy Gardenia’s summer flowering season.

Camellias are flowering, shade-loving, small trees or shrubs that are available in a remarkable range of colors, forms, and sizes. Depending on the variety they may bloom in late fall, winter and early spring adding cheer to the garden when little else is in flower. Their blooms, from white or pink to deep red, some as simple as a wild rose, others as full blown as a peony, are set against glossy dark green leaves. Grow a camellia as a spectacular specimen, plant several to form a loose hedge, or train them as espalier to cover fences and low walls.
Hilda Honeycutt Camellia and Daisy Gardenia
Hilda Honeycutt Camellia and Daisy Gardenia
Hilda Honeycutt Camellia and Daisy Gardenia

I originally bought two Hilda Honeycutt Camellias, thinking there was enough room, but I had to plant it elsewhere.  So, I chose the middle of the new narrow space on the side of the house where I’m still debating what to do with it.

Hilda Honeycutt Camellia

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