I love plants that bloom in the winter! Not only because everyone asks me 'what is that shrub blooming bright yellow NOW?', but I also love a plant that is a rebel! When all the rest of the landscape is looking bleak and brown, Winter Jasmine inspires you with its 'spunk.'
Originally native to China, Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is an arching, deciduous shrub that grows 3 to 4 feet high and about 6' wide. While the shrub is rather nondescript in summer, it looks best in winter. Try Winter Jasmine planted above a patio, allowing is to cascade over the top of a retaining wall or sweep along a hillside. Its best feature are the arching stems, which are spectacular when covered in their bright yellow blooms. The stems are also rather showy themselves, as they are bright green before the flowers appear. This attribute becomes another great asset of the winter garden.
When the flowers DO appear, hundreds of the waxy bright blooms open all along the bare stems. Another benefit of the Winter Jasmine is its blossoms have more longevity than some other winter-blooming shrubs. The blooming process can occur over a period of 6-8 weeks, much longer than some of its other winter-blooming friends.
Also a fast grower, plant Winter Jasmine with plenty of room to spread out. I would plant them at least 4' on center if you want a mass along a hillside. Planting further apart will allow you to showcase a single plant as a focal point. Pair Winter Jasmine with Hellebore for a spectacular winter display. The evergreen leaves of the Hellebore will also add some interest when the Winter Jasmine has lost its leaves. Both blooming simultaneously in winter will also have your neighbors talking!
You can read more about planting, and growing requirements of Winter Jasmine here:
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Lori Hawkins, RLA, ASLA has been a registered landscape architect and active in the landscape design/build industry for over 30 years. Her service area includes Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill and the Raleigh NC metro areas. For additional inspiring project pictures, design ideas, or great garden gifts, take a look at these websites:
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