The double-flowered ivory-white blooms begin unfurling in early summer, as soon as the hot weather arrives. They continue over a long season, absolutely radiating that irresistible Gardenia fragrance! Long-lasting and very showy at 2 to 3 inches across, they make superb cutflowers.
The heaven-scented blooms are banked by dense, healthy, glossy dark green foliage, which remains evergreen on this well-branched shrub. A slow grower, 'Chuck Hayes' reaches about 4 feet tall and wide after 10 years' growth. This makes it a good size for the foundation, a low hedge, mass planting, and specimen use, as well as a standout in the border and woodland setting. Give it partial shade in all but the hottest climates.
Very easy to grow, 'Chuck Hayes' asks only for consistently moist to damp or even wet soil. It is not a plant for standing water, but it thrives in boggy settings as well as in well-watered borders. Most of us have one or more areas of poorly draining soil, and for these trouble spots 'Chuck Hayes' is the magnificent solution!
Most renowned for its cold-hardiness, this rough-and-ready little shrub takes on the toughest environmental challenges. It flourishes in the ultra-humid, sultry summers of zone 11 as well as the hardest winters of zone 7a. You will find it delightful year-round, and one of the lowest maintenance plants in your garden. Zones 7-11.