A PLANT with one of the most aromatic perfumes would have to be the gardenia.
It can flower spasmodically throughout the year, but it should be covered in bud right now.
There are quite a few varieties, from the radicans to the magnifica.
Gardenias can get scale on the leaves and stems as well as sooty mould, so spray them with Eco-Oil when you see them, and it will keep the scale under control.
If you are thinking of planting one now, do a little preparation to your soil first, as they love acidic soil.
Get out your pH testing kit as it should be about 5-5.5 pH, then add some Azalea, Camellia, Gardenia planting mix to your soil before planting, essential if using a pot.
As your gardenias are about to flower, don’t fertilise with an all round gardenia fertiliser, use a liquid seaweed nutrient and some Potash to keep them flowering.
If the leaves become yellow, add a couple of tablespoons of epsom salt dissolved in 10 litres of water.
When they have finished flowering give them a good feed every few months and they will give you a fantastic display next year.
GOOD BUDDING: What a gardenia looks like when in bud.