There are many reasons to grow plants indoors — they clean the air, soften and infuse our decor with nature, and reduce the amount of stress we feel.
There is a stunning array of leaf colors and textures to brighten spirits even on the shortest, dreariest winter days. But that's not all–Pick carefully and they also provide scent from rich and flowery to warm and spicy.
Renowned for being one of the most fragrant flowers around, gardenia is a lovely, but tricky houseplant. Its glossy green leaves put the spotlight on the single or double white flowers that emit a heavy, flowery scent.
What it needs: Gardenia prefers a humid, very bright environment. Water and fertilize it regularly in spring and summer; hold off on the fertilizer and let the potting mix barely dry between waterings in fall and winter. Protect it from hot and cold drafts.
Test Garden Tip: Keep your gardenia happy by periodically using a fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants such as azaleas.