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addition to a country garden theme with
their lacy whorls of half-inch flowers in
shades of white, reddish-pink, and lilac-
purple (fairy), and clusters of flat one
to two inch blooms in white, apricot,
pink, rose, or lavender above mounded,
scalloped leaves (German).
winter jasmine
(
Jasminum nudiflorum
)
Winter Jasmine was collected from a
Shanghai garden in 1846 by horticulturist
Robert Fortune. With a pest-free and
care-free nature, its popularity spread
quickly and it became a staple in
southern gardens of the United States.
Often compared to the Forsythia seen in
more northerly landscapes, the winter
jasmine blooms continuously from
November through March.
Plant as a single specimen or in a group
for an impressive and dramatic show.
Winter Jasmine features bright green
stems that add further interest and color
to a resting winter garden. It thrives in
full sun in average soil, and it will grow to
over eight feet if grown as a shrub.
The tiny lemon yellow blooms on
arching stems can also be trained and
pruned against a wall or arbor or left to
trail as a groundcover. As the weeping
and cascading branches reach the soil,
roots are sent out spreading rapidly
covering ground with a minimum of
effort on the part of the gardener.
Other Cool Season
Selections
— Alyssum —
narrow hairy gray-green leaves, rounded
clusters of blooms in several colors
— Flowering Cabbage —
bold shades of white and purple,
leaves good for dining garnishes
— Hardy Cyclamen —
silvery/white foliage with heart shaped
leaves, rose/pink blooms
— Pansy —
larger faced cousin of viola, plant together
in containers or use as an edging
— Snapdragon —
use for borders, beds or containers,
tolerates temps to forty degrees
— Violas —
prolific bloomers from fall to late spring,
cold hardy, heat tolerant, sun/part shade
Even More Fall Favorites
Dianthus
Gaillardia (blanketflower)
Ruellia (Mexican heather)
Autumn sage
Hollyhocks
Larkspur
Johnny-jump-ups
WINTER JASMINE
LARKSPUR
DIANTHUS
FLOWERING CABBAGE
SNAPDRAGONS
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