Van Chaplin and Joseph De Sciose

Beyond the Garden

The gardenia's captivating scent makes its blooms ideal candidates for flower arrangements. All varieties are fragrant, though 'Mystery' claims the largest blossoms, some up to five inches across. To enjoy a gardenia's scent without a lot of fuss, cut a single flower and place it in a small jar of water on your kitchen windowsill. For the simple arrangement at left, combine gardenia blossoms, variegated hosta leaves, and fern fronds.

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