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I moved in May 2021 and have a garden that must have been set up by a keen gardener 20 years ago. I have identified nearly all of the plants but there is a climber I can't find. I was hoping it might produce some flowers, but it hasn't, although it looks as if it's doing well. It has leaves with 7 leaflets and not much else. Can anyone identify it?


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,157
    It’s a jasmine, but whether it’s a summer or a winter flowering one is beyond my pay grade.
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  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 517
    Not winter jasmine
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    Looks like Jasminum Polyanthum. It's quite a tender climber that tends to stay evergreen. 
  • Thank you all. From googling around I see various suggestions why it might not flower. Perhaps it needs warmer weather. Perhaps I should prune it viciously?
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,619
    Try feeding it rose or tomato fertiliser, both slow release powder or granules in March and more instant liquid form in May/June.

    Both are high in nutrients that promote flowering.
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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    This particular climber flowers more earlier than the summer jasmines so very susceptible to late frost damage. As you said, it needs mild winters and warm summers. Best on a southerly aspect. I wouldn't prune it now as buds may form in the next month or so. But, yes you can thin it out a bit in the mid to late summer time. Also, help to guide it with tying-in as it doesn't self cling against the wall.
  • Thanks, Obelixx and Borderline. Yes, I read it should be south-facing. It is on a west-facing fence. It would be interesting if buds form, since as I say I moved in in May so I may not yet have seen it long enough. It hasn't had any frost really this year. There was frost outside and in the fields. Maybe we will have some to come! I am not sure about the tying in as it looks quite stable.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    If you are happy with how it’s growing all you need to do is thin out wayward excess growth once a year around mid to late summer. West facing is fine. 
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