The gardenia is known for its lovely waxy, ivory blooms and the Gardenia Jasminoides Variegata is no different.
Yet it was the green and ivory variegated leaves that caught my eye first; a gorgeous blend of greens and ivory; each leaf a unique monochromatic artwork.
Surprisingly, the plant was inexpensive.
The Gardenia Jasminoides Variegata has great potential as a focal plant, so I removed a waterlily tub in the centre of the garden and planted the gardenia in its place.
The gardenia grew for close to half a year before anything happened. In fact, I didn’t even know that the gardenia was budding and almost missed its first bloom until I saw a flash of white amidst the leaves.
And then I noticed swirls of buds; much like the top of a Cornetto ice cream. And like the ice cream, it was irresistible. I took multiple photos of the buds – I just couldn’t get enough of its unique swirls
If anyone asked me which has the x-factor, I’d say it’s a close fight between the variegated leaf and the bud.
But what about the flower? … I think in this case, it may just be a little outclassed.
Care and propagation – full sun; garden soil; water generously. Propagate using cuttings.