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Sweet Tea Gardenia has large, tennis ball-sized, double flowers.
It's a strong rebloomer and a zone cold hardier than most. Gardenias are beloved members of every southern garden, but they do sometimes cause heartbreak due to lack of winter hardiness. We admonish to select a cold hardy variety (there aren't many) and we can recommend Sweet Tea with confidence into zone 7.
Of course, the fragrance on this cape jasmine is heavenly.
To compare with Double Mint, Sweet Tea one has larger flowers borne on a slightly larger shrub. Plus, it's more cold hardy. Flowers aren't as fully double as Double Mint.
Sweet Tea Gardenia is one of two First Editions® Gardenias that we grow.
cold hardy in zone 7a
fragrant, showy, rebloomer
more cold tolerant while remaining just as heat tolerant as any gardenia
Sweet Tea gardenia
Sweet Tea cape jasmine, gardenia, cape jasmine
USDA Hardiness Zones
Winter: dark green
Summer: dark green
Fall: dark green
Fall Leaf Color Quality
evergreen and holds dark green color well in the cold, doesn't bronze
Native to USA?
Soil Moisture Requirements
Soil pH Requirements
acid to neutral
full sun, part shade
To Make It Thrive
Shelter gardenias from cold and work organic matter into the soil because they like it rich.
It's March and the new growth is damaged, what happened? Damage to new growth from early spring frosts is called "burning." To prevent frost nipping the new growth, folks throw old sheets, blankets, or burlap over their gardenias when they notice new growth and the thermometer dropping below 32 degrees. Likely only the new growth will get nipped and the plant will grow back just fine and you'll never even notice something happened.