What's blooming at Baltimore's Rawlings Conservatory?"
Text and photo by Michael Lemmon
Billie Holiday was known for always wearing this classic in her hair. The gardenia is an evergreen shrub with shiny, green leaves that can grow up to 6 feet tall.
Mostly prized for its strong, sweet fragrance, the flowers are just as captivating with long-lasting white petals getting to 4 inches in diameter. Originating in Asia they have become popular worldwide for their beauty.
Gardenias prefer a warm tropical climate and good drainage. They require a little more care but are definitely worth the extra effort!