Star jasmine on trellis

Star Jasmine is a versatile plant indeed. It can be trained to grow on a trellis, over an arbor, as an espalier against a wall or fence, as a border plant or hedge, to spill over a wall and it’s also suited to containers. The sweetly scented star-like flowers along with the gorgeous glossy foliage are its big draw. This is all about how to care for and grow Star Jasmine.

I’m standing under a Star Jasmine arch in the kitchen garden at the Westward Look Resort here in Tucson.

This twining, vining plant isn’t true jasmine, like Pink Jasmine which is, although the flowers would make you think otherwise. The botanic name is Tracelospermum jasminoides and it’s in the same family with a few plants you might be familiar with: oleander, plumeria, adenium and vinca. By the way, Confederate Jasmine is another common name for Star Jasmine.

In the back corner of my garden sharing Star Jasmine growing tips:

How to Care for and Grow Star Jasmine

Size

Star Jasmine can reach 25-30′ tall. It needs support to reach that height otherwise it just flops back on itself. It’s a twining vine so you’ll need to train & attach it at the start. It’ll do its thing after that & needs just a little guidance as it grows. Not hard at all to do. As a ground cover, it can easily be kept at 2′.

This Star Jasmine climbs to 25′ with the help of wires in a corner of this building.

Hardiness

It’s hardy to zone 8 & can take temperatures down to 10-15 degrees F. This plant adapts well to both heat & cold.

When to Plant

Star Jasmine is best planted in spring or fall (with enough time to settle in before the below-freezing temps hit). The plants have an easier time settling in while the days are warm & the evenings are cool. You can plant in the summer but will have to water more as it’s establishing.

Exposure

Star Jasmine takes full sun on the coast, somewhere like San Diego or San Francisco. Here in Tucson, or other places with hot summers, it needs to be protected from full sun. Mine gets 1 hour of direct sun in the morning & a little bit late in the afternoon but it’s bright all day. The more sun it gets, the more water it needs to keep it looking tip-top.

Water

Regular watering is best. Here in the desert, I water my Star Jasmine (which is on drip) twice a week in the hotter months. For you, regular watering might mean every 10-14 days. It’s not a drought tolerant plant but it’s not water greedy either. More sun, more heat = more water.

Soil

This plant is fairly versatile when it comes to soil but prefers it on the loamy side with good drainage. If planting in a container, use a good quality organic potting soil.

Fertilization

I’ve maintained & planted many Star Jasmines & never fertilized them. They’ve always been very happy with a good dose of organic compost. I put a 4″ layer over the planting surface of mine in winter which not only nourishes it, but holds some moisture too. If you prefer, this all-purpose balanced fertilizer would be just fine to apply right after the plant is through flowering.

Star Jasmine kept low as a ground cover.

Pests

The 2 pests that I’ve seen infest Star Jasmine is mealy bugs & scale.

Pruning

Star Jasmine is best pruned right after flowering. It does ooze out a milky sap when cut but it never bothered me. It can be pruned heavily, like as a border plant, or lightly, like when grown as a tall vine. I’ll prune mine after it’s through flowering & then do a light pruning in November if needed. I find this plant to be very manageable & not at all hard to prune.

Flowers

Oh yes, it does! A profusion of starry white flowers covers the plant in spring or early summer, depending on your zone. The flowers are sweetly scented (not as strong as Pink Jasmine) & last for a couple of months.

Flowers in starry clusters against a blue desert sky.

Things to Love About Star Jasmine

It’s versatility.

Easy to maintain. It’s manageable & takes pruning very well.

The foliage is a beautiful dark glossy green with the contrast of spring green new foliage.

You can find it in garden centers as well as big box stores. In case you don’t have any close, here’s a Star Jasmine you can order online.

This plant comes in a variegated form too if that’s your thing.

And of course, the sweetly scented flowers.

I love this plant and am so glad that my new home has a well established one. Do you have a favorite? Star Jasmine Or Pink Jasmine? Inquiring horticultural minds want to know!

Happy gardening & thanks for stopping by,

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Vines are often overlooked by new gardeners when designing a garden space. Incorporating well placed vines into your landscape, can not only add visual interest, it creates vertical walls that help frame your space. Choosing the right vines for the right place will give your garden an added dimension of interest as well as preserving the beauty of your garden design. Think vertical.

So which variety is best?

Well that depends…. Start by asking yourself a few questions.

  1. First, define what purpose the vine will serve (it can be more than one).
    • attract beneficial insects
    • screen or hide an unsightly area
    • add color interest with blooms
    • vertical walls, soften space, architectural feature
    • fragrance
  2. Determine the area vertically and horizontally you want the vine to cover.
  3. Do you want it to be green year round or die back in winter?
  4. Blooms – all summer, just spring, spring through frost?
  5. Sun, part sun or shade?
  6. Hardy, tender perennial or annual?

Based on what your needs are, you can then begin to select the appropriate vine. Keep in mind that most vines do require some pruning to maintain their shape and growth habit. For example, I usually prune my Star Jasmine once or twice a year, while others that die back in the winter (referred to as root hardy) can be pruned down to base and they’ll emerge again in spring. Rangoon Creeper and Mexican Flame vine are good examples.

Recommended Vines for Houston

Here is a list of favorite vines for growing in our area. This list is not complete by any means and if you have favorites you’d like to share, please mention them in the comment section below.

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) – Also known as Confederate Jasmine, this evergreen vine puts off a show in spring with a flush of bright green new growth and small white fragrant blooms in the shape of a star. A good choice for a trellis where you can shape it as desired.

Star Jasmine – instant garden wall

Star Jasmine

Star Jasmine bloom

Dutchman’s Pipevine (Aristolochia fimbriata) – Small ground hugging vine that prefers well-draining moist, rich soil. Good as a vine or ground cover with burgundy and yellow orchid-like flowers that bloom late spring to early fall. It is the host plant for Pipevine swallowtail butterfly. The larva will eat the foliage but the plant will recover. It’s a root hardy perennial that will return each spring. Adding this plant will attract more iridescent-blue and black butterflies to your garden.

White Veined Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia fimbriata)

Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) – Evergreen climber that bursts into bloom in early spring with golden yellow flowers. A native plant with dark green foliage that grows well in sun, partial sun or bright shade. Would be excellent for year round coverage on a chain-link fence.

Rangoon Creeper (Quisqualis indica) – Native to tropical Asia this tender perennial vine is a fast grower and may cover a fence easily in one season. Very showy multi-colored trumpet-like flowers of red, pink and white, this vine is fragrant too. Usually dies back in winter. Prune in late winter/early spring. New growth will emerge from base in spring.

Rangoon Creeper

Crossvine Tangerine Beauty (Bignonia capreolata ‘Tangerine Beauty’) – Easy to grow vine that provides abundant 2 inch trumpet shaped tangerine blooms in late spring, and sporadically in summer. Native, semi-evergreen to evergreen 30’, non-damaging tendrils, sun/part shade. Prefers moist soil with good drainage. Attracts hummingbirds.

Bignonia capreolata ‘Tangerine Beauty’

Mandevilla (Mandevilla spp.) Tender woody vine with trumpet shaped flowers. Usually dies back to roots in colder winters, but emerges again in spring from the base. Available in colors in white, pink and red flowers. Varieties Mandevilla boliviensis (white flowers), Mandevilla sanderi ‘Red Riding Hood’ (red flowers) and Mandevilla x amoena ‘Alice Dupont’ (pink flowers). Full sun to partial shade. Prefers moist soil. Attracts hummingbirds.

White Mandevilla (Mandevilla boliviensis) Mandevilla ‘Red Riding Hood’

Wisteria ‘Amethyst Falls’ (Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’) – An improved selection of a native American Wisteria vine, not the more aggressive Asian varieties. It has longer and deep purple flower clusters and it flowers as a younger plant. Full to part sun.

Wisteria ‘Amethyst Falls’

Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) – Native, tough, deciduous to semi-evergreen, twining climber with clusters of 2 inch coral trumpet shaped flowers. Blooms heavy in spring with sporadic blooms summer and fall, full sun to bright shade. Produces bright red berries. Attracts hummingbirds.

Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) bloom

Mexican Flame Vine (Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides) – Synonym name (Senecio confusus). Coarsely toothed, fleshy leaves, foliage darkens to burgundy in fall. Bright orange, daisy-like flower that bloom from spring to fall. Sun/light shade, moist, good drainage, root hardy, loves the heat. Attracts butterflies.

Mexican Flame Vine Mexican Flame Vine blooms

Pink Coral vine (Antigonon leptopus) – Heart shaped leaves, delicate vine that climbs by tendrils. Trailing sprays of hot rose pink flowers summer to fall. Attracts honey bees and bumble bees. Excellent summer bloomer. Well drained moist soil, thrives in sun/part shade, root hardy. Also available in a white variety.

Pink Coral Vine Bumble Bees on Pink Coral Vine

Passion flower (Passiflora spp.) – Passiflora caerulea with sky-blue corollas over white petals is cold hardy in our area. Passion flowers are the host plant for the Gulf Fritillary butterfly.

Gulf Fritillary on Passion flower Blue Passion Flower (Passiflora caerulea) Passiflora caerulea

They usually prefer the blue flowers but the Crimson variety is an exotic vibrant red and is considered a tropical variety in our area. These are not nearly as cold hardy as the others and will need good protection and mulch to entice them to return.

Crimson Passionflower (Passiflora vitifolia)

Maypops (P. incarnata) is native to the southeastern US and is better behaved than Passiflora ‘Incense’ (Passiflora incarnata x cinnicata) which is too aggressive (perhaps better suited in a container with a trellis). Check with our staff on which variety would be best for your needs.

Where can you find them?

Buchanan’s stock the vines mentioned in this post, as well as others, so come by and see them for yourself. Our staff will help you choose the right vines for your garden.

Tips for Growing Vines

Support

Provide adequate support for the weight and size of the vine through the use of a trellis, arbor, pergula, fence or wall.

Cut back root hardy vines in early spring – if needed all the way down to the base of the plant. It will regrow again. Evergreen or semi-evergreen vines can be pruned to shape throughout the growing season. If you prefer a more informal look, like that of an English cottage garden, then choose vines with a free flowing growth habit.

Starting vines on a trellis

Whether you are planting your vine in a container or in a garden bed, training the vine to grow up a trellis is fairly easy. Some attach quickly with tendrils (a specialized stem, leaf or petiole – threadlike shape used by climbing plants for support and attachment) while others will need some help. Try weaving them in and out of the trellis by hand to get them started or using soft twine or green flexible tape to attach them. It is a good idea to check on them weekly and continue to wrap or attach the vines as they grow.

Metal trellises Modern design with circles

Architectural features

Adding a trellis, arbor, pergula or gazebo to your landscape will ground your space and provide a dramatic focal point. The scale of your garden will determine the size needed.

This gazebo is a gorgeous architectural element

Arbors are often used over the entrance to a garden. A doorway into another room.

Metal Arbor

A large patio container with a trellis can do wonders to create an intimate seating area. The possibilities are endless.

Gorgeous arbor with seating

Consider an evergreen vine on a trellis to breakup a large brick or stone wall. It will help to cool your garden and provide year round interest and shelter for wildlife.

There are so many to choose from!

CONSIDERATIONS: Avoid the temptation to cover fences with vines just for the sake of it. Perhaps a container and trellis or just a trellis can produce the same visual effect while still preserving the architectural element of structure the fence provides. Black wrought iron fences often look perfectly lovely just as they are without being covered in vines, while a chain-link fence might be a good candidate for a vine. Consider the asthetic value of your fence and future maintenance when deciding.

Resources and Other Links:

10 best vines for Houston arbors – Chron.com

Treesearch Farms – Vines List

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Is Star Jasmine Good For Hedges – Learn About Growing A Jasmine Hedge

When you are thinking of hedge plants for your garden, consider using star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). Is star jasmine good for hedges? Many gardeners think so. Growing a jasmine hedge is easy and the result is sure to be beautiful. If you are wondering how to grow star jasmine as a hedge, read on. We’ll also give you some tips on pruning jasmine hedges.

Is Star Jasmine Good for Hedges?

Instead of the usual evergreen conifer hedge, consider using the beautiful star jasmine vine. Is star jasmine good for hedges? It is. A hedge of star jasmine grows fast and is highly decorative with the coveted fragrant blossoms.

Star jasmine is usually grown as a vine that can cover a tall wall or trellis quickly once the plant’s root system gets established. You can create a hedge of star jasmine vine by regular and strategic pruning. The vine thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 10.

How to Grow Star Jasmine as a Hedge

If you want to know how to grow star jasmine as a hedge, it is mostly a question of proper pruning. Left to its own devices, this jasmine grows up the side of your house, trellis or fence. The key to growing a jasmine hedge is to prune early and often.

Prepare the soil in the area you want to start growing a jasmine hedge. Plan on a depth of at least two feet, then chart out the length that you want the hedge of star jasmine. Work organic compost into the soil.

Purchase enough star jasmine plants for the hedge, counting one every 5 feet (1.5 m.). Dig the planting holes for each, as deep as but wider than the containers. Plant each star jasmine and water well. Keep the soil moist but not wet.

Pruning Jasmine Hedges

You want those plants to grow into a hedge of star jasmine, not vines. Therefore, you’ll need to pinch off the tips of new shoots as they appear. This forces the plants to produce lateral branches rather than shooting up into vines.

Keep pruning jasmine hedges as they grow. The best time to trim off excess growth is when the flowers fade. Regular and consistent pruning will create a solid hedge some 2 feet (.6 m.) tall. You can create a taller hedge by using a support or trellis.

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