Gardenia augusta Magnifica
ardenia magnifica, this variety of Gardenia grows to approximately 1.5-2m in height and 1-1.5m wide. magnifica has larger dark glossy green leaves. Ideal for Pots and small hedging options. the flowers produce a beautiful perfume, ideal for mass planting

Gardenia augusta Magnifica

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Gardenia augusta 'Magnifica', commonly known as Magnifica Gardenia, is a stunning evergreen shrub prized for its exquisite, highly fragrant flowers and glossy, dark green foliage. This cultivar, belonging to the Rubiaceae family, is valued for its ornamental appeal and aromatic blooms, making it a popular choice for Australian gardens, landscapes, and containers.

Height and Width

  • Height: Typically grows to a height of 1 to 1.5 meters, but can reach greater heights with age and optimal growing conditions.
  • Width: Spreads out to a width of about 1 to 1.5 meters, with a relatively compact growth habit.

Soil Type

  • Soil Preference: 'Magnifica' prefers well-drained, acidic soil with a loamy or sandy texture. It thrives in soil that is rich in organic matter and has good moisture retention. Ensure the soil is well-drained to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.

Plant Description

  • Foliage: The shrub features glossy, dark green leaves that are oval to lance-shaped, with a leathery texture. The foliage provides an attractive backdrop for the stunning white flowers and adds year-round beauty to the landscape.
  • Flowers: 'Magnifica' produces large, highly fragrant flowers with creamy-white petals and prominent yellow stamens. The flowers bloom profusely in spring to summer, filling the air with a sweet, intoxicating fragrance that attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
  • Growth Habit: 'Magnifica' has a compact, bushy growth habit with dense branching and a rounded form. It typically forms a multi-stemmed shrub with a dense canopy, providing a lush and attractive accent in garden beds, borders, and containers.

Cultivation and Care

  • Watering: Provide regular watering to keep the soil consistently moist, especially during the flowering season. Avoid overwatering, as Gardenias are sensitive to waterlogged conditions. Mulch around the base of the plant to help retain soil moisture and regulate temperature.
  • Sunlight: 'Magnifica' prefers partial shade to full sun, especially in hotter climates. Morning sun with afternoon shade is ideal for promoting healthy growth and prolific flowering. Protect the plant from harsh afternoon sun, which can scorch the foliage.
  • Temperature: Gardenias thrive in warm, temperate climates with mild winters. Protect 'Magnifica' from frost and cold winds, as freezing temperatures can damage the delicate foliage and flowers. Consider growing in a sheltered location or providing frost protection during winter.
  • Pruning: Prune lightly after flowering to remove spent blooms and encourage new growth. Avoid heavy pruning, as Gardenias bloom on old wood, and excessive cutting can reduce flowering potential. Remove dead or diseased branches as needed to maintain plant health and vigor.
  • Fertilising: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertiliser formulated for acid-loving plants in spring to promote healthy growth and flowering. Alternatively, use a liquid fertiliser for acid-loving plants every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season.

Additional Notes

  • Pests and Diseases: 'Magnifica' is relatively resistant to pests and diseases but may be susceptible to issues such as aphids, scale insects, and powdery mildew. Monitor regularly and treat promptly if pests or diseases are detected. Ensure good air circulation around the plant to minimize fungal diseases.
  • Uses: Ideal for use as a focal point or specimen shrub in gardens, landscapes, and containers. 'Magnifica' adds year-round beauty with its fragrant flowers and glossy foliage, making it a popular choice for planting near outdoor living areas, pathways, and entryways.