From £6.24Jasmine - 'Officinale' Deciduous arching stems Grows to 12m White flowers with dark green foliage He
From £3.29Height: 1 m Spread: 1 m Foliage: evergreen needles Flowers: pale blue in early spr
From £3.29Height: 40 cm Spread: 25-30 cm Colour: green foliage, purple flowers Flowers: May-July Uses: c
Jasminum Stephanense is similar to Jasmine officinale but the deliciously sweetly scented flowers are pink instead. The early spring foliage is pale green with occasional cream markings and the growth is fast and prolific with an eventual height of 12m.
It is quite happy in most soils as long as it is well drained. Being slightly tender it is best in a sheltered, sunny site when the flower scent will also be at its best, although it will tolerate partial shade. The flowering season is short, early to mid summer only, and so it is best grown alongside other climbers to extend the season.
Great for your garden:
Jasminum x Stephanense is a delightful climber with mid green pinnate leaves borne on vigorous, twining stems and with heavily scented pink flowers in clusters. The flowering is brief and so it is best planted alongside other climbers such as clematis, climbing roses or honeysuckle - plants that will extend the season.
It is not suited to a wall trellis, being too large, and would suit a strong arch or pergola where it can expand or, perhaps, a shed or tree stump over which it can scramble. It needs little pruning, just a light trim in July once the flowering season is over. It can be seen growing well at Great Dixter the late Christopher Lloyd's wonderful garden.
Look out for:Jasminum x Stephanense is very disease and pest resistant but may, on rare occasions, suffer from an infestation of aphids. If so, treat with a proprietary insecticide or with a natural biological control.
Trivia:Although there are over 200 varieties of Jasmine, they do not generally cross-fertilise. Jasminum x stephanense is the only known naturally occurring hybrid. Both parents, Jasminum beesianum and Jasminum officinale, are found in the wild in China which is where this plant was discovered.