The flowers of Jasminium nudiflorum, also known as 'Winter Jasmine', will bring colour and life to your garden, even on the darkest winter days when nothing else seems to grow. The small, delicate, yellow flowers appear in January and are accompanied by gorgeous, dark-green, glossy foliage that will easily fill empty spaces in beds or borders.
This vigorous climber is easy to grow and easy to train up over pillars, arches or trellises but would look equally as impressive if left to grow freely as a scrambling bush or up over a wall. If space is limited this versatile plant can be grown in containers and placed on a patio. Hardy and reliable it will thrive in both the full sun or partial shade and is suited to most soils.
A brilliant feature of this Jasmine plant is that it is both winter flowering and wildlife friendly. At the start of the year, when plants are sparse, and there is very little else about, it blooms; attracting bees and other pollinating insects helping to support them.
As we recommend with all plants, it is key to regularly water newly planted plants in the months after planting.
Jasmine plants are extremely versatile and can even be grown as part of hedge or as a ground cover plant.
Trachelospermum jasminoides is a self-clinging, twining climber that benefits from supports. Young stems will need to be tied in, until it is able to climb.
Jasminum officinale, beesianum and stephanense will need to be tied in.
Jasminum nudiflorum has not a true climbing plant, but instead clambers over objects. Tying it to canes will allow it to make faster progress upwards.
When planting, dig a hole twice the circumference of the pot. Ensure the pot sits roughly level with the soil, with the graft point above the soil. Infill, the remaining space with a mix of compost and garden soil, but do not compress the soil.
In terms of care, watering is important especially during the summer months. They will need a thorough watering twice weekly during dry spells.
Trachelospermum jasminoides produces on older wood, while Jasminum produces on last year's growth. Both need minimal maintenance. All Jasminum should be tidied in after flowering, which is spring for nudiflorum, late summer/early autumn for everything else. Old Jasminum nudiflorum can be rejuvenated by cutting away top growth and letting young shoots take over.
There are numerous plants that go by the name Jasmine, but the genus we stock are both winter hardy. Below we address some common queries:
- Position: Jasminum nudiflorum (winter jasmine) will flower even in partially shaded, cold sites, while Trachelospermum jasminoides and other species of Jasminium benefits from full sun, but will suffice in dappled shade.
- Soil Types: soil types are best ignored and remain an unwelcome confusion. Every plant will adapt to its conditions. Having said that, less than ideal conditions will reduce growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your plant of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis, cause its roots to rot and create the perfect environment for many diseases. Similarly, compressed soils can starve a plant of oxygen and water, so do not compress the soil when planting. Aeration can be improved further with mulching.
- Hardiness: both genera of jasmine originate from China, which has far colder winters than the UK, so the UK's mild winters will not affect your plant.