Jasmine offers many pleasures in a garden. The flowers—usually white but sometimes pink or yellow—foam over walls and up trellises in springtime or summer, and many species have that powerful, honeyed perfume. This is one plant that can stand alone in a garden, but finding companion plants for jasmine isn’t difficult. And the contrasting colors and textures of other blossoms add appeal. What grows well with jasmine? Read on for some ideas for jasmine companion plants.
What Grows Well with Jasmine?
The best companion plants for jasmine are plants that have the same sun, soil and irrigation requirements. When you begin jasmine companion planting, it’s important to identify your jasmine first.
You’ll find some 200 varieties of jasmine plants available in commerce. Some are evergreen, some semi-evergreen, and some deciduous shrubs or vines. Most but, not all, prefer a sunny location, well-draining loamy soil and regular irrigation. Plants that like jasmine in a garden are those that share the same sun, soil and water requirements.
Jasmine Companion Planting
It’s easier to understand companion planting if you think of your garden as a community. Like individuals in a human community, plants in a garden impact each other. Ideally, they aid each other or complement one another. Companion planting means selecting plants that benefit each other in some way.
The classic example of companion planting is the Native American planting combination of corn, beans and squash. Beans produce the nitrogen that corn requires to thrive. At the same time, the beans use the corn stalk as stakes, and their leaves encircling the corn stalk confuse the corn earworm moth. The squash grows low to the ground, keeping down weeds.
So what grows well with jasmine? Clematis vines have similar growth requirements as jasmine, and make great jasmine companion plants. Clematis vines are plants that like jasmine and thrive in the same conditions. You can select a clematis that complements and/or contrasts with your jasmine.
If your jasmine grows yellow flowers, consider planting clematis with deep blue flowers. The marsh clematis (Clematis crispa) produces blue flowers shaped like bells all summer long.
What clematis grows well with jasmine shrubs growing classic white flowers? Select clematis with dark purple blooms like Jackmanii clematis (Clematis x jackmanii) or “Julka” clematis (Clematis x “Julka”). The former grows to 12 feet, while the latter tops out at 8 feet. Both make excellent choices for jasmine companion planting.
As long as the plants you choose share similar requirements and look attractive together, then it’s a fairly good bet that they’ll make exceptional companions in the garden.