Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Don't Overlook the Gardenia for Garden Comp

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Don't Overlook the Gardenia for Garden Comp

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GARDENING

NEIL FISHER

WHEN planning a new garden, one plant species that should not be overlooked is that of the gardenia.

This is exactly what Coxon's Radiator Service has done with its car park gardens in North Rockhampton.

Most gardenia flowers have a waxy appearance and somewhat resemble those of camellias, and the colour range varies from the purest of whites to the palest of lemons.

At the moment, Coxon's Radiator Service's gardens are full of perfume and flower.

This garden would be a perfect candidate for this year's Rockhampton Garden Competition's Best Corporate Garden.

Entry in this category of the Rockhampton Garden Competition is open to businesses, government and other corporate entities, training and tertiary education institutions, school grounds and community support organisations.

Gardens entered in this category will have been created to beautify and complement the facade and/or surrounds or grounds of the particular premises concerned.

Gardenias are regarded as one of the world's most fragrant flowers and with its origins throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Australia and tropical Africa, this plant is highly desirable for the home garden.

Gardenias have been popular for many years, with one gardening book from the 1920s listing the species as "one of the most handsome shrubs a woman could desire for her garden, as it possesses glossy leaves and large number of creamy-white, thick petalled flowers and very strongly perfumed. A must for any garden".

Quite often, when you visit your local nursery you will find an enormous array of exotic gardenia varieties, however there are particular varieties to look for that are more suitable for local conditions.

One of the most water-wise gardenias available to local gardeners would be the Gardenia florida. It has glossy, green foliage and a dense habit and grows to 1.5m high.

It will flower throughout the year with highly perfumed, double white flowers.

It is best grown in a position away from the hot afternoon sun -- a northern or easterly position is best. …

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