Where I am house sitting now there are two gardenia plants - one a mini and the other a standard I think. This week the buds burst open and released their wonderful fragrance. I picked a couple and put them inside the house and every time I walk past I get a burst of the fragrance and it helps drown out the doggy smell that is driving me mad here.
When I was in China, there was a whole huge hedge of gardenia plants along the walkway to the teachers apartment block, and I loved picking one or two and taking the bloom back to my apartment. Of course the students took them too, so they didn't last long, but now every time I smell a gardenia it brings back wonderful memories of that special time in my life.