There is a Spanish song that references this flower. The lyrics go something like this: The perfume of gardenias is in your mouth and beautiful rays of light emanate from your eyes. (I believe something got lost in the translation.
~~Gardenias Intensely fragrant white blossoms contrast beautifully with shiny, leathery dark green leaves. Plant them high (like azaleas and rhododendrons) and don’t let them be crowded by other plants or competing roots. Gardenias do well in large pots