Blooming in spring and early summer, star jasmine will perfume an entire garden. Take a walk through a yard that hosts this easy-to-grow vine and you’ll likely catch the scent of the bright white flowers before you see them. The clusters of star-shape blooms are petite and complemented by small, shiny evergreen leaves. In areas where star jasmine is not hardy, grow it as an annual and enjoy the fragrant flowers for a single season. Or grow star jasmine as an annual outdoors and bring it indoors during winter to enjoy it.
Star jasmine is a fast-growing woody vine when planted in full sun. It will quickly scramble up a trellis or fence, making it a great choice for a living screen. Its twining stems anchor themselves to structures and move upward quickly. Plant it at the base of a pergola or arbor to create a fragrant roof on the structure. Encourage vines to climb up the support posts by twirling the young vines around the base of the posts. Star jasmine does not climb masonry.
Star Jasmine Care Must-Knows
Star jasmine thrives in full sun. It will grow in shade, but it grows slowly and produces few flowers in a part-shade or full-shade location. Select a planting site that receives at least 8 hours of bright sunlight each day. Fertile, well-drained soil is also best for growing this vine.
Plant star jasmine in spring or early summer, and water regularly during the first growing season to promote the development of a deep root system. Once established, the vine has good drought resistance and rarely needs supplemental watering. Blanket the soil around plants with a 2-inch-thick layer of mulch to prevent soil moisture loss.
Star jasmine is a cinch to care for in your garden. No significant pests or diseases trouble the vine. Prune plants in early spring or whenever they grow out of bounds. Star jasmine also grows well indoors. In cold winter areas bring star jasmine indoors and place it in a bright, sunny window. Water it regularly and rotate the pot every few weeks to promote equal growth. Star jasmine does not often bloom indoors, but it will bloom outdoors in spring or summer.
More Varieties of Jasmine
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'HOSNS' is strongly variegated with white and pink on evergreen foliage on spreading plants. It's a great summer annual in cold-weather climates. It climbs to 4 feet. Zones 7-10
This variety of Trachelospermum asiaticum shows off dark green leaves boldly variegated in red, amber, and orange. It can climb to 20 feet. Zones 7-9
Trachelospermum jasminoides bears fragrant clusters of pure white flowers that contrast beautifully against the dark green foliage. Zones 8-10