common white jasmine
Particularly good for sheltered sunny gardens and patios, scrambling through trees or on sheltered roof terraces (with shelter from winds)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)
A popular, sweetly scented climber smothered in clusters of highly fragrant white flowers from June to August and pretty, fine foliage. This versatile, deciduous climber appreciates a sheltered, sunny, well-drained site, and can cope with dry conditions. Since it spreads quickly in all directions, it's ideal for covering a large south or west-facing wall or an unsightly garden building. In small gardens, it is best planted in a pot and trained up a trellis or wall.
- Garden care: After flowering remove old and over-crowded shoots. Prune hard in autumn to keep it within bounds, but be warned that flowering will be retarded the following year.
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Q:My jasmine is in a pot that I am sure is much too small for it. I have been meaning to repot it into something larger. Now it has started to flower for the first time (bless it)! Is it ok to re pot now or should I wait till after flowering? Also the pot I have bought is much larger (at least double the size of its current one. This will be the one that it ends up living in for ever but should I have an interim step by using a pot that is not so much bigger?Asked on 6/7/2015 by Arabella from Suffolk
Ideally you should wait until it has finished flowering before you re-pot your jasmine, but after that it will be quite happy going into its forever home.Answered on 10/7/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:I'm thinking of buying one of these to grow in a pot to cover an arch over my garden path. What size pot should I ideally be growing it in?Asked on 14/7/2014 by Jo from Exeter
I would plant in a large container, approx 60cm diameter in a good compost such as John Innes no 2 or No3, with good drainage.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 17/7/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:The privets at the front of my garden are 7ft high, I was thinking of planting some jasmine or another type of creeper, all along the length of them to add a bit of colour, I have been told that nothing other than privet will grow in the soil around the privets. is this true?Asked on 8/7/2014 by privet hater from manchester
The problem with planting under (or next to) a mature hedge is that the roots of the hedge will be quite substantial and dense and therefore they will take up all the available water and nutrients. With this in mind, anything newly introduced will have a very tough time of it and usually wont be able to compete.Answered on 10/7/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Why are the tips of the leaves of my jasminium officiale turning brown and curling up. No sign of any flowers yet either. I feed with tomato fertiliser , lots of water and morning sun. They are in a long pot against a trellis. The honeysuckle next to it has fungal infection so I have removed the yellow and grey leaves and sprayed with fungas killer. Not having much luck with these climbers any advice?Asked on 14/6/2014 by Robyn from London
I wonder if the pots are large enough for these climbers as they can get pretty big. If they are, then brown leaf tips is usually an indication of a watering problem. Aim to give each plant a thorough soak, making sure the excess water can drain away freely, and repeat the process when necessary. Also, while feeding with a high potash fertiliser (ie Tomorite) will promote flowers, it is important too not to overdo it as they will need a balance of nutrients.Answered on 19/6/2014 by helen from crocus
We have planted our common white jasmine in a big plant pot with multi purpose compost however it does not appear to be growing as quickly as our other winter jasmine in the same type of pot and compost. Its in the same position as the winter jasmine getting sun and shade throughout the day, infact it has remained the same size since we purchased it in april this year. SO not entirely sure what we are doing wrong. Any advice will be greatly welcome.Asked on 5/6/2014 by dllsa from Market harborough
I doubt you are doing anything wrong, but plants do not all grow at the same rate - particularly different types. Some plants will focus their energy into producing a good root system rather than top growth soon after planting and in the long term this is no bad thing. As long as you make sure it is kept well watered and fed with a general purpose fertiliser it will eventually start to put on top growth. Do keep in mind however that the summer flowering jasmine does need a sheltered position in winter.Answered on 10/6/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:I want to plant a white jasmine - what is the best time of year to do this?Asked on 1/6/2014 by jenny from Co Antrim
As a general rule plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise. You can also plant in mid summer as long as you make sure the plants are kept well watered.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 4/6/2014 by Anonymous
Q:We are wanting to plant a jasmine over an arbour, the garden is south facing, however area not totally sheltered, live in south east England so unclear re hardiness and which jasmine is preferable for this purpose (obviously if climbing over an arbour wont be able to move to sheltered spot overe winter).Asked on 25/5/2014 by Pips from Kent
Jasmines tend not to be fully hardy, so ideally you need a sheltered spot to grow them, so if you live in a colder part of the country, then a better option may be a rose, honeysuckle or Clematis. If you do want to try the jasmine, then I would recommend Clotted Cream as it is more compact and less likely to swamp your arbour.Answered on 30/5/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Climber advice for garage wall
Dear all, I would be very grateful if you could advise me on covering the sideof my garage wall. It is south facing and approx 4m wide x approx 2m high. I would love to cover it with Jasminum officinale and Clematis 'Jackmanii Superba' together. Please could you advise how many plants I should use to cover this wall, the spacing required -whether to plant them next to each other, at opposite ends of the wall, and how far away from the wall. I would also be really grateful if you could let me know the best time to plant them. Many thanks in advance of your help. Kind regards, CarysAsked on 29/1/2010 by Carys Everitt
A:Hello Carys, The Jasminum has an eventual height of 12m and spread of 3m, while the Clematis will grow to 3m tall by 1m wide. Therefore if youare patient, you will only need one of each to cover the w all. If however you want more immediate cover then you can plant more (say two or three of the Clematis as these are less boistrous in the long term), but you will need to be cutting them back like mad as they mature. As for spacing, they should be planted at least 30 - 50cm away from the wall and leaned in towards the wires or trellis. This will ensure they get the rain and will not dry out too quickly. I would not plant them right at each end of the wall, but move them in by around 50cm to 1m as they will then grow out in both dorections. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 17/2/2010 by Carys Everitt
Hi There, I have a Star Jasmine that was planted in 2007. It's has been in the same spot since then and the vine itself has grown but I have never had a single flower. Obviously I bought the plant to try and get the lovely scent in the garden. I'm a bit baffled as the plant seems to love the spot it's in. I just thought by now I'd have seen some flowers. Can you suggest anything to help it flower?Asked on 6/7/2009 by Joanna Bryan
A:There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or pruning at the wrong time of the year. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why yours has not produced buds, but you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser such as Tomorite.Answered on 8/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Why don't the climbers flower
My aunt aged 83 has a Jasmine and Honeysuckle growing beautifully up an east facing wall getting plenty of warmth and sunshine. They were planted about 5 1/2 years ago. The Jasmine flowered briefly in its second year of growth but hasn't flowered since and the Honeysuckle hasn't bloomed at all. Both plants are very healthy in every other respect. Can you please advise.Thanking you in anticipation. SarahAsked on 14/6/2009 by Sarah King
A:Hello there, The most likely cause is a lack of sun, although other factors could include pruning at the wrong time of the year, or not enough feed or water. If you want to give them a bit of a push, then feed them with Sulphate of Potash (following the manufacturers instructions).I hope this helps, Helen.Answered on 28/2/2012 by helen.derrin
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