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Trachelospermum Jasminoides newbie

HumbleBeeHumbleBee Posts: 100

Hi All, 
My local garden centre is selling Trachelospermum Jasminoides trained onto 4ft trellis screens and I am thinking of putting a couple of these next to each other in a raised border to divide the patio area from the lawn behind it.
I have never grown jasmine plants before so I don’t know how tricky they are to care for and get through the winter.  
I have read that jasmine should be protected from frost and wind. Is it therefore a bad choice of plant to use for this type of screening where it would be 'freestanding' (supported by the flat trellis they are currently on)? Or would I have to cover them in winter every time there is a frost?
I am in the Northern part of Sussex, so generally mild winters, although hard frosts do happen occasionally.
Also - can anyone tell me how fast these plants grow? Would it be a problem to keep them to their current trellis height (c. 4ft) or would that involve constant pruning during the growing season?
Any advice / experience of this plant  much appreciated :)

Many thanks image


  • chickychicky Posts: 10,328

    I'm in Surrey Humblebee, and lost 2 of these in their first winterimage

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,979

    I've got 3 in my garden in Essex. One on an east-facing fence in a raised border, and 2 in the front garden smothering an arch.
    They grow rapidly and wont want to be kept in a pot for long.
    I keep the one on the fence trimmed down to about 6ft but have to snip it back in the summer a few times.
    I take a pair of shears to the arch once the blackbirds have left each year.

    The only problems I have is scale insects now and then, usually brought on by drought-induced stress

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,442

    This is not the best time of year to plant these, but when established they are quite hardy, at least for us in the South,  so it's best to plant in April, or if you are able to cover with fleece in case we get bad weather over the next few weeks.   Here below is a photo of one that was in my garden for 7 years [I have another], but the trellis rotted and I had to take it out, but as you can see it grew to some 8 feet high and wide after that time, and I had to keep pruning it too, and survived temps during a couple of bad winters down to -12C [I'm in East Anglia - Fenland - where it can get quite cold...].. As I say, these are tough when established, although they can lose some leaves and some top growth during bitter spells, but the plant recovers well.  It's quite vigorous.

    The seed heads are from a clematis alpina, you can also grow roses through it... Snails hide in amongst the growth as well - lots of them...

    Enjoy your plants - don't be afraid of them, just protect until Spring in the first year... incidentally, they are not really Jasmine's by the way...different family,  although we call them that..


    East Anglia, England
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,442

    aym, thank you.   No, not a mirror, a porthole you see the garden beyond.   I've now got an arch in its place... it's fun to have something like this I think..

    East Anglia, England
  • HumbleBeeHumbleBee Posts: 100

    Thanks for the feedback and also happy new year to you all! image 
    Wow Marlorena that looks lovely! Am thinking maybe I should give this a bit more thought as I also like the idea of an arch and I do have steps next to the patio area where that would work very well. I love seeing how others plant things in their gardens as I find googling particular plants usually just gives you images of the plant on its own or close-up of the flowers. It really helps to see how they they look in real borders or plantings so thank you! image

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