Also known as Gardenia jasminoides ‘Veitchii‘, I purchased yesterday three of the last remaining small plants from a local gardening center. The soil in the containers was very dry so I rushed home, dug holes, planted them, and soaked the soil. I’ll be doing the same again within the hour.
I’ve not had success in the past growing gardenias, but I felt the time was right to try again, as I’ve always enjoyed their beauty and fragrance.
I don’t think I ever really “give up” on a plant because it dies the first (or more) time I attempt to grow it. When I revisit past “difficult” plants, I make note to perhaps plant them next time in a different part of the garden, where the sun or shade is different, water on a different schedule, feed them with different plant food, etc. I’ve experienced my share of plant deaths, even with plants known to thrive in my area, so it does sometimes require a bit of trial and error to know what will help my plant to thrive in my location, specifically, in my own garden.