Jasmine flowers are really popular for their glorious fragrance and unique beauty. They are also super easy to grow and require little maintenance once they have matured.
In addition, they are incredibly versatile and can be grown on trellis, hedges, arbors, or walled borders. You can even grow them indoors in pots.
Jasmine also has a wealth of health benefits. The soothing fragrance of jasmine around the house helps with relaxation and promotes a positive mood. It can even provide relief from headaches, coughs, and colds.
Jasmine is also good for the environment, it purifies the air and gets rid of bad odors.
Furthermore, when reduced down to an oil, Jasmine can help treat skin conditions, reduce menstrual cramps and provide relief from muscular aches and pains.
What great reasons to adopt Jasmine as part of your world. So, let’s look at some different varieties of Jasmine plants available today.
The most common jasmine is the native and state flower of Pakistan and is seen widely throughout the Indian subcontinent. It’s an evergreen deciduous shrub and has climbing stems and flowers that are shaped like stars.
The jasmine’s dark green leaves are the perfect backdrop for the delicate white flowers. It blooms from June through to August and although it still grows in shade, it is at its best in full sun.
It needs moist and well-drained soil and grows super quick. Furthermore, it is perfect for covering a large expanse of wall that faces west or south.
This winter variety of jasmine provides a beautiful array of yellow flowers during late winter. A wonderful addition to the jasmine family that will ensure you get a year-long supply of this wonderful bloom.
It provides jasmine lovers a treat through the winter and brightens up an otherwise gloomy outside space during the long dark months.
Although they don’t smell as sweet as summer varieties, they make up for it by being easy to care for and spectacular to look at. Although not specifically known as a climbing plant, winter jasmine does attach to and scramble over structures.
It uses other plants to support it and is a great addition to walls or trellis or to cover up other ugly structures. They can reach up to 15 feet (4.57 m) but are easily trainable.
These jasmine plants are the most spectacular and boast the largest flowers of them all. They don’t have the intense smell of the others but are truly beautiful in every other way.
So, if you prefer a more subtle scent to waft through your home or garden, then these are the ones for you.
Royal jasmine is evergreen, strong climbing and fast-growing. Leaves are a royal deep green color. The flowers are tubular shaped with a subtle red edging around the outside. They grow fast and provide a great climber for trellis.
They also work really well in containers and can be trained, topiary style. Furthermore, they flower from summer right through to Autumn and can grow to 20 and sometimes 40 feet (ca. 12 m) in height.
Furthermore, they benefit from a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen that helps support strong leaves.
The royal jasmine prefers full sunlight and will produce heavy foliage and vibrant flowering. They will still grow in the shade but won’t be as spectacular. They will also need well drained and moist soil.
The Arabian jasmine is native to Asia. It is in fact the Philippines national flower. It has a very strong scent but unlike the others it gives out a fragrance reminiscent of vanilla. The flowers are a subtle light pink color.
Arabian jasmine is the variety they use in China to produce jasmine tea due to its tropical flavor. The dark green leaves and cute little flowers will provide your outside space with a taste of the exotic and add a little drama to dark and dull areas.
If left alone, this jasmine will grow as a trailing and mounding shrub, but with the right support it can grow upwards successfully.
With any luck, this jasmine will flower all year long but will perform better in tropical climates. They thrive on full sun, so be sure to plant them where they will receive maximum light (6-8 hours ideally).
Wild jasmine, otherwise known as asminum angulare, is another climbing shrub variety. It has fragrant white flowers during the summer months.
This species is commonly grown as an ornamental in outside spaces. The flowers are strongly scented with a sweet aroma and are often used in potpourri mixtures.
It’s best to grow wild jasmine in sun or semi-shade. It is happiest in fertile, loamy soil with added compost. They can initially be slow-growing, but are strong growers once fully established.
They are tolerant to drought and perform best with moderate watering during the spring and summer months. Furthermore, they are quite hardy and can tolerate a few degrees below freezing but perform best in frost-free areas.
Wild jasmine works well when planted along with tall annuals and smaller shrubs, and they are also successfully grown in containers with fertile potting mix.
Furthermore, they are very attractive to bees due to the flower’s nectar and birds are also drawn to them.
This particular jasmine is typically used for medicinal purposes, so why not experiment with drying the flowers and grinding them down for a natural way of treating ailments.
The dwarf jasmine is a super tough evergreen with 2 inches (ca. 5 cm) long dark green leaves that exist on wiry stems. It is native to Korea and Japan.
The foliage produced has a tendency to turn a stunning red bronze color in the colder months. During the summer, it produces clusters of sweet-smelling flowers that turn into a radiant yellow color.
The jasmine grows slowly and becomes a dense, lustrous ground cover in most cases. It can also be trained to climb trellis or fences. The jasmine performs wonderfully as a container or hanging basket plant.
The jasmine can grow 6-12 inches tall or 15-20 on a structure.
It should be protected from cold winds and does extremely well in full sunlight or part shade. It needs well drained soil and can tolerate drought once mature and established.
This pink jasmine is a fast-growing shrub that produces gorgeous clusters of white pink flowers that grow on an evergreen vine. The flowers are white on the inside and pink on the outside.
They are really low maintenance, making them a popular choice as a houseplant. Its fragrance creates a wonderful floral scent in the area it grows.
The pink jasmine is a fairly hardy plant and can tolerate some frost, however, it may struggle with harder frosts. It thrives when placed in full sun and moist soil.
When planting outside, choose a spot that is sheltered from the wind, so it doesn’t carry off the beautiful fragrance.
The forest jasmine is a woody climber that has glossy green leaves and pure white flowers slightly tinged with pink. It is a sturdy variety and has stems that can grow to more than 5 inches (ca. 13 cm).
This species of jasmine is fairly flexible and can grow in full sunlight but kept out of strong midday sun if possible. If growing the forest jasmine indoors, ensure it has at least four hours of sun each day.
If planting new plants, be sure to space them out evenly. The forest jasmine grows fast and spreads out substantially.
You can plant the jasmine anytime from June to November, allowing around 8 feet (2.44 m) between bushes. If planting indoors, you should do it in Autumn.
Lemon Scented Jasmine
Like the other varieties’ lemon scented jasmine are deciduous evergreen shrubs that climb via twining stems. They produce fragrant star-shaped flowers and as the name suggests give out a fresh and alluring lemon fragrance. Perfect for the citrus lovers out there.
The plant is an evergreen climber that grows white flowers from late spring to mid-autumn.
It is native to Madeira and can only be grown outdoors if you live in very mild and coastal areas and are not prone to frost. As such, it makes a fantastic conservatory plant, thriving in the warmth.
You can grow the jasmine up an obelisk or something similar in a large container or pot. You should cut back after flowering to keep growth down, or it will get out of control.
Italian jasmine is actually native to China. They boast green and glossy leaves along with buttercup-yellow and fragrant flowers along with glistening blackberries. They are also referred to as Italian yellow jasmine shrubs.
When planted properly, the Italian jasmine is a low maintenance plant, requiring very little human intervention. Many green fingered individuals grow this jasmine to attract bees and hummingbirds, as well as for their beauty during the winter months.
The jasmine flowers at different times during May and June and returns later in the summer. They look beautiful against their brilliant leaves that stay on the plant throughout the colder months.
The shrub is fast-growing, especially if you keep up with irrigation and can reach 12-15 feet. It’s a great choice for flower beds and borders.
As with other jasmines, it needs a warm and sheltered space for optimum growth. They are not prone to diseases and apart from pruning you can just sit back and let them do the thing!
So there you have it, some popular jasmine plants to add a splash of beauty and fragrance to the garden or home.
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