Excellent for introducing scented glamour into courtyards, city gardens or roof terraces and in warm sunny borders at the foot of a sheltered south-facing wall
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Flower colour: white flowers
- Other features: very fragrant flowers
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)
An attractive woody, evergreen climber with rich, dark green leaves which turn bronze in winter. Clusters of fragrant, pure white flowers are produced from mid- to late summer. It is best grown against a warm, sunny wall in milder areas or in a greenhouse or conservatory in areas prone to severe frosts.
- Garden care: After flowering has finished prune back to fit the available space. In frost prone areas, grow in pots of loam-based potting compost, such as John Innes No2 and move to a frost-free spot in winter.
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Q:I want to plant one of these in my small inner London garden against a wall/trellis and wonder what is the best month to plant it to ensure it gets off to the best possible start?
Also we have a clay soil - I see them in neighbours' gardnes so believe it will grow but wonder about any special planting and care tips?Asked on 28/6/2015 by Tango from Finsbury Park, North London
The best times for planting are either spring (or if you have a sheltered garden) autumn. It can however be planted in summer providing you make sure it is kept well watered. They tend to be quite happy in clay soils, provided they are not too heavy or remain waterlogged for any length of time. They need to be kept well fed (a good general purpose fertiliser such as Vitax Q4 ids ideal) and watered and if they get too big, they can be cut back to fit the available space after they have finished flowering.Answered on 1/7/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Hi We have just planted 4 Trachelospermum Jasminoides at the 4 corners of a new pergola. They are planted in the ground. Can you please advise on what I need to do to encourage them to climb up the pergola? Thank youAsked on 9/6/2015 by Hellyhall315 from Peterborough
You will need to provide something for the twining stems to cling to and make sure the plants are kept well fed and watered, as this will encourage new growth.Answered on 10/6/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Is trachelospermum self clinging. If it is will it damage a brick wall. ThanksAsked on 5/6/2015 by nordicwalkingcarreras from london
These are twining climbers, so need to have something to twine around for support - some trellis, an arbour etc. Therefore they will not cause any harm at all to your brick wall.Answered on 5/6/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:We have just bought 2 Trachelospermum jasminiodes which we have planted in a metre long trough to grow up a trellis. We have separated and attached the stems to the trellis and planted in multi purpose compost. We have watered probably every other day and the compost is moist at all times. When we got them they had a few yellow/red tinged leaves, these fell off. Since then more of the mature leaves have gone yellow/red (with red/brown spots on the back). Is this anything to worry about I.e disease? ThanksAsked on 26/5/2015 by Sunny from Hertfordshire
If it is the older foliage, then I would not be too alarmed as it is quite normal for evergreen plants to lose some of their older leaves as they put on fresh new growth.Answered on 27/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:how tall is the 10 litre pot and is it mutli stemed plant or just a single and tall one please? i wonder if you could show us some photos of the actual plants you are selling please?Asked on 25/5/2015 by redblue27 from bromley, south east london
I'm afraid that as we have such a high turnover, we cannot show you photos of the plants we are actually selling, but as a very general guide, this will be around 1.75m tall and will have a couple of stems.Answered on 27/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
I've just received a Star Jasmine from you. Taken out of the box and noticed a few yellow leaves over all the plant ...
I've repotted in much larger pot with a Peat Free compost and placed in garden. I'm monitoring the progress to see if the leaves to make sure they don't get worse.. I have give the plant a watering along with small amount of Tomatoe food when potted on..there are signs of new growth heads or oncoming flowers..... Is there any thing else i should do.. Example - unravel the vines and train up some bamboo, a Give it extra feed and if so how much .... I haven't undone any of the ties on the plant which are attached to bamboo cane already... Should I untie and train up some more bamboo ?? Many thanksAsked on 3/5/2015 by Tommyvb from East Yorkshire
I would definitely recommend gently untying it and unraveling the stems so it can climb onto a more permanent support. I would also advise against overfeeding, so for now, just let it settle in before giving it something else (keep in mind that most potting composts contain enough fertiliser to last around 6 weeks). As for the yellow leaves, it is quite normal for these to lose some of their older leaves as they put on lots of fresh new growth each spring.Answered on 15/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Hi - I'd like to use trachiospermum to cover a long south facing fence in a London garden and am trying to decide how many and what size to buy. Can you tell me approximately how tall the 3l pot plants are? Thank you.Asked on 3/5/2015 by Novice gardener from London
These should be around 60cm tall in a 2-litre pot.Answered on 15/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Hello, I have a tracylospermum jasminoides which I planted last autumn on a south facing wall about 12" away from the wall. It appears to be alive but hasn't grown at all. Initially it received full sun, but is now more shaded due to a laurel growing very vigourously nearby. It has been watered occasionally. Could you tell me how best to get it to grow . Many thanksAsked on 18/4/2015 by Scenic from Surrey
If you planted this in autumn, then I would not expect to see any new growth this early in the year. Usually you would start to see some signs of life by mid-June, so you may need to be patient, but for now you could feed it with Vitax Q4 and give the laurel a clip back so it doesn't steal all the sun.Answered on 22/4/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:I have 3 star jasmine planted in 3 containers on the south-west corner of our roof terrace. The original one, planted over 10 years ago, is thriving and flowers profusely. The other two had to be replaced a few years ago when their containers became waterlogged, and one has died this winter due again to waterlogging. The other "new" one has gone to seed for the first time and is looking very unhappy. It's leaves are drooping and yellowy (the healthy one has its winter red leaves still as normal and has never ever had seed pods) and a bit crispy/dry. The compost is moist but not wet. What do I need to do to save its life?Asked on 15/4/2015 by rooftop gardener from London
Drooping yellow leaves is usually a sign of too much water, so I would check to make sure the excess water can drain away freely from the bottom of the pot. If this is rectified and the damage is not too severe, then it should start to pick up again.Answered on 14/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Hello, I have five 1m long / 27cm tall / 18cm deep planters which I will be placing along a fence in partial sunlight. I want to plant trachelospermum in them in order to cover the three fences in our small SW London garden.
The planters will be put on a wall at the bottom of the garden, and it is out hope that the jasmine will grow to cover the left and right sides too to create a green space. We already have tension wires in place to train the plants along all 3 fences which create a U shape.
In terms of eventual required coverage, the left fence is about 4m square; the fence where the planters will be (the bottom of the U) is 6m square and the right fence is 5m square.
My question is how many of the 10 litre pots we should plant, knowing the constraints of the planter size and the ambition to get good coverage ASAP.
Many thanks!Asked on 12/4/2015 by HLM from SW London
Trachelospermum is a lovely plant, but it does get pretty big and therefore it needs a generous root system to thrive. In fact virtually all climbers need to get their roots down if you want them to offer good coverage. Therefore, I would think that the planters you have are really too small for them if this is going to be a long term project. If you want quite immediate effect and are happy to replace them, then you could plant 3 in each metre-long trough, but otherwise I would strongly recommend you lift a few paving slabs and plant them straight into the ground.Answered on 21/4/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
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