Trachelospermum Jasminoides 20L (Star Jasmin)
Star Jasmine is an energetic grower that can very rapidly cover a wire fence or climb to the top of a tree. If a gardener is willing to give it a wire trellis, the jasmine will quickly envelop pillars with an array of leaves and will spread itself over the beams of a pergola. Landscapers like to use this creeper as a ground cover because it rapidly fills large tracts of land in both the hottest sun and in the cool shade of deciduous trees. Flowers bloom best from October and November, but flowers continue to appear right into January. Star Jasmine will grow everywhere and tolerate cold and frost. Although harsh winter conditions sometimes damage the plants they recover quickly and soon produce new shoots.
Location: full sun and semi-shade. It also grows in deep shade but will not flower as well.
Soil: as long as it is well-drained, any soil is suitable. For the best results, add liberal quantities of compost and bone meal to the planting holes. Mulch that keeps the roots cool and damp for longer will save water.
Water: young plants need regular water while they are becoming established; thereafter they are relatively drought-resistant and suffer little damage when watering is withheld. Potted jasmine needs to be watered regularly otherwise the leaves become pale and yellow.
Fertilizing and Pruning: feed with a balanced fertilizer in late summer, after the flowering season, to give the leaves strength and to encourage the plant to form flowers for the next season. Prune regularly to keep the plants neat and to stimulate dense growth. When planted as a ground cover, star jasmine can be cut back heavily with a hedge cutter to keep the growth low on the ground. Take care when you prune, because the stems secrete a milky substance that can be a skin irritant.