Jasmine plants are shrubs and vines that are typically grown for their small, star-shaped flowers. The foliage on jasmine plants is often evergreen, creating a vibrant burst of color in the garden. Grown in a wide range of sizes and shapes, summer-blooming jasmine are attractive growing over trellises and arbors or used as a specimen shrub in the garden. Their potent scent is an added bonus when spending time outdoors.
Arabian jasmine (Jasminum sambac) is a broadleaf evergreen shrub that blooms in summer. It grows 4 to 5 feet tall and wide, and, when supported, has a twining habit. Arabian jasmine features small, 1-inch-wide flowers that create the clusters or cymes that have 3 to 12 blooms per cluster. Arabian jasmine flowers are white, waxy and exceptionally fragrant. They are often used to make Hawaiian leis. The dark green foliage on Arabian jasmine grows up to 3 inches long and is broad to ovate in shape. Arabian jasmine grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained, humus-rich soil that is kept consistently moist. Grow Arabian jasmine in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 to 11.
Common jasmine (Jasminum officinale) is a semi-evergreen to deciduous vine that has a rapid growth rate and twining climbing method. It grows up to 8 feet tall and bears fragrant white blooms that emerge in early summer and flower on new growth. Hardy, common jasmine is both drought- and pollution-tolerant. It grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained, moist soil that is organically-rich. Grow common jasmine in USDA plant hardiness zones 7b to 8.
Madagascar jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda) is a broadleaf evergreen vine that has a twining habit and intensely fragrant blooms that appear in summer and last until fall. The waxy, tubular-shaped flowers on Madagascar jasmine are white and grow up to 4 inches long. Madagascar jasmine bears glossy, deep green foliage that grows up to 4 inches long. The oval and thick foliage is also evergreen, creating non-stop foliage color along the vine. Madagascar jasmine grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained, humus-rich soil. Grow Madagascar jasmine in USDA plant hardiness zone 12.