Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings… Gardenia



Meaning: Purity, joy

Colour: White

Best For: Bouquets and boutonnieres

Scent: Very fragrant

In Season: Year-round

Price Range: Expensive


Gardenia is native to tropical and subtropical regions such as Africa, southern Asia, Australasia and Oceania.

Gardenia is a richly symbolic flower maintaining a sweet presence and standing as a highly valued symbolic gesture when given as a gift. The added beauty of these flowers is that they convey intense emotional meanings, which, if given as a gift, helps express a person’s feelings to someone. The gardenia, therefore, signifies joy, purity, secret love and is associated with thoughts of beauty.

Although gardenias are often used in relatively small floral arrangements or as floating flowers, their sweet and pleasing scent has made them popular in homes and for special events. Prized for their sweet smell coupled with their symbols of beauty and purity, gardenias can be seen in wedding celebrations, since marriage traditionally represents love and purity.

In the Chinese herbal tradition, gardenias have been used for medicinal purposes to calm irritability and anxiety.



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