Jasmine plants are a perennial favorite among gardeners, offering lush evergreen leaves and waxy, delicate blooms. Gardeners looking for ornamental value and extraordinary fragrance have a range of jasmine plants to choose from that may be potted and used to spice up a bare outdoor patio, porch or home entryway.
A native of India, Arabian jasmine (Jasminum sambac) is an evergreen jasmine species suitable for cultivation in an indoor or outdoor pot. The plant offers glossy green leaves and fragrant white flowers that gradually turn pink. Flowers appear in summer, and may be up to two inches in diameter. Cultivate Arabian jasmine in a full sun or partial sun location in USDA zones 9 to 11. The plant may also tolerate zone 8, where it will die in the winter and reseed in the spring. Plant Arabian jasmine in a well draining soil and water freely during the growing season, withholding water during the winter.
Also known as winter jasmine, pink jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) is a flowering evergreen vine that hails from western China. The vine offers clusters of fragrant white blooms, which contrast nicely with the plants’ olive green leaves. The plant gains its common name from its flower buds, which are a shade of rose pink. Pink jasmine may grow to be up to 20 feet in ideal conditions, though it will be much smaller when grown in a container. Plant pink jasmine in a well draining, moist soil in USDA zones 8B to 10. The vine will tolerate full sunlight or light shade.
Star jasmine (Jasminum nitidum) is a spring blooming jasmine plant that offers rich green foliage and tiny, star shaped flowers. One of the more fragrant jasmine species, star jasmine is often cultivated as a small shrub or container plant. Star jasmine responds well to pruning, and can be made into a compact shrub. Cultivate star jasmine in a pot with a well draining, moist soil in full sunlight. A native of Papua New Guinea’s Admiralty Islands, the plant has little tolerance for shade or frost, and will only really thrive in USDA zones 10 and 11. The plant may survive winters in zone 9 if mulched.