Plants you can’t kill: Pink Jasmine

pink jasmine

I love all things jasmine: plants, perfume, tea.. This pink jasmine vine (jasminum polyanthum) is growing in my neighbor’s front yard and I can smell it all the way down the street. Pure heaven.

Pink jasmine is a no brainer. You definitely need some. It thrives in heavy clay soil, it thrives in containers, it tolerates drought, it tolerates shade. I’ve never fed mine and it grows like crazy with no yellow leaves in sight. Technically jasmine blooms late winter to early summer, but it can bloom sporadically most of the year. If it’s planted in the ground, it can grow to 25 feet. It can look a bit messy once the flowers are spent, so you can either prune it lightly or leave it alone and let the new growth take care things for you. The vine itself is neat, green, and lush.

Cut a little and let it spill over the sides of a flower arrangement. Your house will smell amazing.

Growing vines: morning glory and trumpet creeper

Trumpet vine and morning glory

Spotted this while walking through my neighborhood the other day. A Morning Glory and a Scarlet Trumpet Vine (Distictis buccinatoria) growing together on a trellis.

I’ve never grown a Morning Glory vine, but Sunset has some good information here.

Trumpet Vine is easy. Hummingbirds love it and it grows like crazy- as in 30 vigorous feet of crazy. It flowers all summer and early fall. You need to support it but you don’t need to tie it. Give it full sun. After its first growing season it doesn’t need much water – once a week, tops. To keep it under control, you can cut it back hard after it flowers.

Garden ideas: ways to pair white flowering plants

Two ways with white flowers: big bold contrast, or white on white serenity.

cosmos and mahogany hibiscus

White Cosmos and Hibiscus ‘Mahogany Splendor’ with Impatiens ‘Sonic Scarlet’ in the idea garden at Cantigny Park.

hydrangea and clematis

The opposite approach, in my mother’s garden. White Clematis and Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia).