Jasminum – Popular Shrubs for the Garden
Winterare always welcome, particularly if they are produced unfailingly, whatever the weather. The winter Jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum can always be guaranteed to open its bright yellow flowers on the leafless stems, even in hard frost or when deep snow covers the ground, unless has been neglected. The flowers are produced on young growths made the previous year so that after flowering is over some thinning out of older shoots is needed, otherwise in a very few years, the bush will make a mass of tangled growths and flowering will be diminished.
Specimens are normally grown against walls or fences, of any aspect, or may be trained over pergolas or arches. They may reach 12-15 feet in height.
The Summer Jessamine Jasminum officinale is also a plant for a wall, though it should be a sunny one. Its white, sweetly fragrant flowers appear from June onwards into early autumn. It produces long twining growths and, properly trained, can cover a house side; Regular pruning is unnecessary, but it does pay to carry out some thinning out of shoots every two or three years, otherwise the growth is so vigorous that it will make a tangled mass several feet thick.
A hybrid between the Summer Jasmine and Jasminum beesianum is Jasminum stephanense, which is almost as vigorous and bears sweet-scented pale pink flowers in June and July. Like its parent it needs a sunny wall. Otherwise, like the others described here, it will grow in any normal garden.
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