Jasminum nudiflorum (Winter
Flowering Jasmine) - January 7th
Non-Scented, but a wealth of bright yellow flowers on bare stems
The Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is easy
to grow, and accommodates bad treatment without so
much as a petal dropping. This is probably the
main reason why Jasminum nudiflorum, the Winter
Flowering Jasmine , is so often left to its own
devices in life - other than receiving the odd (!)
Jasminum nudiflorum will grow in most soils,
in most aspects, dry or moist, sun or part shade. This
particular jasmine is a shrub - a scrawling shrub at that, but
not a true climber like many of the other Jasmines. That
having been said, it can easily be trained to grow up a trellis
- or the finest I have seen - as two plants trained as an arch
over a front door of a cottage. The Winter Jasmine simply needs
training wherever you want it to go - along wires, up a trellis
or scrambling along at the foot of a dark or sunny wall.
It will even tolerate either slightly acid, or
slightly limy soil. It is usually grown as a
'wall' shrub, and is certainly magnificent on a
sunny wall, where the wood can ripen ready to
burst into flower in the depth of winter - or from
mid-autumn. It is not called the Winter flowering
Jasmine for nothing.
responds well to a little bit of attention by way
of feeding and 'proper' pruning. (Pruning guide).
If grown against wall, then mulch throughout the
growing season to offset the effects of 'drying
out' at the base of most walls.
can also be grown as a shrub - albeit a bit lax in
habit of growth - and gives a welcome burst of
golden yellow in mid-winter. Grow Jasminum
nudiflorum up a trellis, or over a pergola.
Be patient, and help it along with a regular feed
of fertilizer such as Fish Blood & Bonemeal. It
will repay you with its robust winter flowering
Scrambling Groundcover Plant
Winter Jasmine can be used as a ground cover plant in a shady place -
especially at the top of a bank or 'trailing down over a retaining wall.
It is not dense groundcover, but if left to spread will prevent all but
the most persistent of weeds.
Propagation: - is easy. Simply
peg down a few of the arching stems and cut from parent once rooted. It
is not unusual to find a few shoots that have rooted into the ground
without any input from yourself - very obliging. Alternatively, take
semi rip or ripe catting later in the year and place 2 or 3 in a small
pot of compost, cover with a clear polythene bag and place in a cool
position - out of direct sunshine.