There are several horticultural requirements when you move to the South. Obviously, you must grow evergreen azaleas and camellias. You have to leave the lilacs behind—at least the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). And, if you truly want to be a part of the southerner’s garden club, you need to grow gardenias.
Since gardenias aren’t the easiest shrubs to grow, here is some information so you can enjoy the sweet smell of success with gardenias.