Jasmine is best known for its delicate white or yellow flowers that give off a sweet fragrance, usually in the evening after sunset. Native to warm, tropical regions, jasmine makes a great addition to most flower gardens with its year-round blooms and shiny foliage that reaches heights of up to 15 feet.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Plant jasmine in sandy loam soil for good water drainage. Adding leaf mold or a mild fertilizer to the soil before planting can help the plants become established faster. Space plants about three feet apart to allow for ample growing room.
Give your plants full sun for at least four hours each day. Partial shade is tolerated. Temperatures should range from the high 70s during the day to the low 50s at night. If temperatures drop below freezing it may be best to winter your plants inside.
Water your plants to keep the soil moistened, but be careful not to overwater. Do not leave water standing around the roots. More water may be needed during the summer months.
Stake young plants if needed for added stability. Once the plants are well-established the stakes can be removed.
Prune jasmine in the spring by cutting out any dead branches and old flowers, and giving shape to the plant. Throughout the year pinch off dead flowers and the tips of the stems periodically to produce a fuller plant.