One of my favorite sweet-smelling vines is in bloom in my Atlanta, GA garden right now: Confederate Jasmine. I started it a couple of years ago over a corner of the fence where I wanted to cover the fence wire and it quickly filled out over a 5 ft x 5 ft area. Confederate Jasmine is a great climbing option for a full sun spot and mine happens to get a few hours of afternoon shade. With the potential to grow up to 20 ft wide, I’m hoping mine will cover a whole side of the fence!
You can see behind the fence here how quickly my garden gets shady – it is dark back there! I’m happy to have a few areas like this one where I can enjoy the flowers and smells that come with full sun!
Confederate Jasmine will tolerate almost any soil type, judging by the soil here. It wasn’t great soil to begin with, despite my soil-amending attempts, but I also planted the roots right next to the concrete footing for the fence post. Rookie gardener alert! Lucky for me, this confederate jasmine forgave its inexperienced gardener-mom and produced a great show of fragrant blooms from the start!
Novice gardeners, if you’re in need of a sunny climber, treat yourself to a Confederate Jasmine. You won’t regret it.
Photos by Whitney of The Curtis Casa
New plants come along every year. I eagerly read about them in winter and seek out those that sound like they’re the best of the best for my home garden.
Sometimes I’m disappointed by the marketing claims: that first-ever “blue-flowering” variety may not be all that blue, that new perennial may not turn out to be as hardy as they say, or that plant with those gorgeous blossoms may be a really shy bloomer.
But then the plants come along that live up to their hype. One I’m pretty psyched about right now is Lavender Falls wisteria (Wisteria floribunda ‘Betty Tam’).
What’s so cool about it? The supplier, Greenleaf Nursery, told me it’s a reblooming variety. And it actually is — I took this photo last week.
I’ve had Lavender Falls for two years now in my Zone 5a garden, so it seems to have passed the hardiness test (though it did die back nearly to the ground last winter). It hasn’t bloomed in spring for me, but I have enjoyed the lovely flowers in July, August, and September. I’m hoping for a batch yet this October.
The bad news is that it’s an Asian wisteria, so it may show invasive tendencies in some areas (especially the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic). That means I’ll keep an eye out on it, and I may need to rip it out if it looks like it may become a problem in Iowa (happily, I’ve not yet seen it produce a single seed).