How do you plant a gardenia hedge? I want to use 'Veitchii' for a low 3' high hedge along a deck. Would this variety work? What kind of spacing between plants should I use? How will having it in a hedge form affect the flowering? How much and when should I prune it to get maximum blossoms w/o it getting too large? Will it need any special planting requirements, as I know gardenias don't like root competition? Will it require more or less sun? I live in northern CA (inland valley SF Bay area) and it can get pretty hot during the summer.
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In order to prune without hurting blooming, you should wait until after the plant's blooms have faded, which should be in the summer. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/gardenia/when-to-prune-a-gardenia.htm