The gardenia’s cool white petals give little hint of the blooming fragrance that has made this flower one of the world’s favorites. You’ll find that many of the favorite scents associated with essential oils, fragrance sprays, linen sprays and other perfumed items have the gardenia at their base. A bouquet of gardenias in a room may be all you need to create a space that is fresh and filled with an enticing aroma.

Hot, Humid and Thriving

Far from wilting and drooping in humid climates, this is where the gardenia thrives. The flower grows naturally primarily in the tropical areas of Asia, Australasia, Africa and Oceana–in fact, even master gardeners have difficulty growing them elsewhere. They do succeed, however, which is why your local florists will likely have them on hand when you order them for your bouquet, though of course you should check first. With 142 species of gardenias, there are usually a few options for you to choose from.

Many Historical Uses

Like many flowers and plants, gardenias do more than look and smell pretty. In some Asian and other societies gardenia blossoms and fruit have been used as a fabric dye, food dye, and have been prized for their medicinal properties. Each part of the flower has been put to use in one way or another, in practices that continue even to this day. Though, of course, it’s enough for many that they emit their wonderful fragrance and brighten up a room in a display.

Symbolism and Meanings

Gardenias have a lot to say in the language of flowers, as well as in the color symbolism of flowers. Sending, or receiving, gardenias is one way to send a message of a secret love. Whose secret? Well, that’s for those involved to figure out. Other meanings associated with gardenias is that “you’re lovely,” and an expression of joy. The gardenia’s white petals are indications of purity, innocence, modesty and sincerity.

Flower meanings and symbols are fun, of course, and your florist can help you choose the perfect ones to express your feelings, if that is what you are interested in. You’ll find many knowledgeable people in our floral marketplace who will be happy to guide you. Sometimes you may simply want to send blooms that appeal to you, without worrying about what they mean, and that’s perfectly fine as well. It’s the gift of flowers itself that is most appreciated by those who receive them.