Wintertime Blooms Over And Over

Blossom cluster of winter jasmine a few days after a hard freeze

Mass of winter jasmine currently in bloom

You cannot beat winter jasmine for blooming off and on all winter. Even after a nine degree freeze and all the open blooms were dead, new flowers will open on their nude stems after a couple of days. I have had a mass of this yellow blooming plant for years, and it is truly a carefree plant. In every season but winter this is a nondescript medium foliaged green plant. It has arching branches and at maturity will not get over about four feet tall and wide. Mine are located in full sun except for a few hours each day. While it will take shade, it limits the bloom production. Winter jasmine takes dry soil better than damp soil, and it will do okay with practically no care. The one thing that occurs in mine is that it catches fall leaves, so I have to use a blower to remove them because the stems are so dense that leaves tangle in them. It is hard to find in garden centers, but some may have it now in bloom. When the stems touch ground they tend to root. So most folks that have this jasmine will pull up a rooted stem and give it to you to get it started in your garden. It is the showstopper plant in my yard this time of the year.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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