Jasminum officinale

common white jasmine

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Particularly good for sheltered sunny gardens and patios, scrambling through trees or on sheltered roof terraces (with shelter from winds)

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  • 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.

Clematis florida var. florida sieboldiana

clematis (group 2)

Unusual flowers

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  • 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, Carys
    Asked on 1/29/2010 by Carys Everitt

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    • 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 Doctor

      Answered on 2/17/2010 by Carys Everitt
  • Q:

    Star Jasmine

    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 7/6/2009 by Joanna Bryan

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    • 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 7/8/2009 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. Sarah
    Asked on 6/14/2009 by Sarah King

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    • 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 2/28/2012 by helen.derrin
  • Q:

    The leaves on my Jasmine have gone yellowish

    I have a Jasmine officinale (I think!). I understood it to be deciduous but it has retained its leaves over winter and they have turned rather a yellowish green with reddish tips. Help please!
    Asked on 3/25/2005 by Jane De Woolfson

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    • A:

      This Jasmine is usually deciduous, but in milder winters it may retain most of its foliage. If it does, the foliage often looks tatty, so I would not be too concerned. As a very general rule, the yellowing of leaves usually indicates a lack of nutrients rather than a desire for acidic conditions. This can easily be solved by feeding the plant with a general-purpose fertiliser, such as blood, fish and bonemeal during the growing season. The reddish tips are just caused by the cold - so nothing to worry about there.

      Answered on 3/29/2005 by Crocus
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