If like me, you’re tired of your terrace floor (or your wall at the bottom of the garden) dirty, ugly, gloomy … and you dream instead of a wall of evergreen …
So do like me and plant a star jasmine ! Growing relatively fast, it is able to cover a wall of its beautiful evergreen. The young leaves are of a beautiful green acid and brilliant. As they age, their color becomes deeper and darker.
A flowered wall thanks to the star jasmine
From June to September, every year for the past ten years, this shrub enchants me with its multitude of small white flowers with sweet and intoxicating scent, particularly pleasant in the late afternoon (just at the time of the aperitif! ). For the scholarly side know that the scientific name of this plant is ” Trachelospermum jasmine ” (I know, it’s complicated, but I assure you that in the conversation it does its little effect!). In fact, despite its name of “star jasmine”, this shrub has nothing to do with real jasmine, it even belongs to a totally different family.
In practical terms, this shrub can bear without complaining of temperatures from -12 ° C to -15 ° C (here in Bordeaux, mine has never had to bear less than -10 ° C). Regarding exposure, it is not difficult either, even if it prefers walls exposed to the south or west. To put the odds on your side, plant it preferably in the fall in a planter or a pot large enough (at least 50cm in diameter) or of course in the ground (this is the case of mine) if you own a small garden . Before putting the clod in the ground, especially do not forget to moisten well then after, water it until you are thirsty. For the following water supplies, I advise you to wait for the surface drying of the soil because too much moisture can cause yellowing and then falling of the leaves.
To promote the start of my star jasmine, I took the precaution of offering him a light trellis to support his long stems abounding. Subsequently, he is able to cling to most walls without degrading them, unlike ivy.
So, believe my experience: try the star jasmine is to adopt!
© Photos: F. Boucourt, My Little Garden, Wikiphoto.