It's likely you'll smell this flower before you spot it. Intoxicatingly sweet, gardenias are beloved for both their exquisite fragrance and beauty. Grown on 4- to 6-foot evergreen shrubs, the gardenia's waxy white or creamy yellow petals pop against deep green leaves with a glossy, leathery texture.
This flower came to the United States more than 200 years ago and now thrives in the South, where it's humid and warm. Gardenia is associated with beauty, love and purity, making it a favorite for wedding ceremonies. Find gardenias clustered together in bouquets or arranged individually on a boutonnière or floating in a bowl.