Gardenia jasminoides 'Chuck Hayes' (Rubiaceae)
There is nothing like the fragrance of a Gardenia blossom! This evergreen shrub forms a large but tidy mass of glossy dark-green leaves. Notable for its winter hardiness and profuse flowering, 'Chuck Hayes' was selected from cold-hardy survivors and crossed with double-flowered forms to create this outstanding new cultivar. Heaviest flowering in early summer, with sporadic flushes of bloom continuing into fall. Developed at the Hampton Roads Experimental Station in VA. Best planted in a protected location.
Bloom color: white
Bloom period: early-summer
Container size: Qt.