STAR JASMINE

WHAT A STAR!

Star Jasmine

I have  the gentle climber Star Jasmine  (Trachelospermum jasminodes ) growing all around my garden (ten plants at last count). It is extremely hardy, and survives our Blue Mountains frosts and snowfalls without the slightest  problem.  In the photo below  it is tumbling down a retaining wall  with campanula. It tolerates  shade, but flowers best in almost full sun. It doesn’t seem to require any particular soil conditions and does well in pots. The glossy leaves are a bonus.

Star jasmine and campanula

A pretty combination.

It works well as a ground cover, too;

Star jasmine as a ground cover

Tumbling over one of my woodland paths.

Of course I grow it for the fragrance, which is quite strong. Some people can’t  tolerate it, although it is not considered to be allergenic.  I think it’s heavenly, especially on warm summer evenings when  it floats in though open windows and doors.

NIGHT PIECE

Fling wide the casements of the night

and let

The sighing breezes with star-filled 

jasmine bring

Cool to the fevered world its fresh delight.

Lorette Lindsay

( Dear me, Lorette, I don’t think the world has been quite this fevered for many a day…plant more jasmine is what I say!)

Thankfully, unlike common jasmine  ( Jasminum officinale) , this variety it is not invasive.

I was surprised to see little Eastern  Spinebills feeding on the  nectar. It must taste as sweet as it smells.


Eastern spinebill n star jasmine

Even the cabbage moths and butterflies love to sip the flowers.

Moth on star jasmine


Butterfly in the Blue Mountains

Here it is twining around Asian lilies.

Star jasmine and asian lily

A lovely combination.

Star jasmine is really easy to train against walls or lattice work. It can be used in fairly  formal designs.

 

Star jasmine trained agaist a wall

Star jasmine trained against a wall.

Criss-cross design in Chinese Star Jasmine

Isn’t this stunning?  (Photo Turboquick)

You can have more  informal  fun with jasmine if you are whimsical like me.

Whimsical posy of star jasmine

Cute posy of star jasmine.

This weeks I have used it  to make  a  wreath for the front door, as a welcome to the  New Year.  Mind you, I have had to replace the flower sprigs regularly because it has been so very hot. Be careful when cutting it, because a sticky white sap oozes out.

Star jasmine wreath

A heady welcome for New Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Comment
  1. Beautiful Jasmine!

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