What is showy jasmine? Also known as Florida jasmine, showy jasmine (Jasminium floridium) produces shiny, blue-green foliage with masses of sweet-smelling, bright yellow flowers in spring and early summer. Mature stems turn a rich, reddish-brown as the season progresses. Here’s how to grow showy jasmine in your garden.
Growing Showy Jasmine
Showy jasmine plants can be trimmed to form a neat shrub or hedge, but they are at their best when left to sprawl across the ground or climb over a wire fence. Use showy jasmine plants to stabilize the soil on a difficult slope, or plant one in a large container where the arching vines will cascade over the rim.
Showy jasmine plants reach mature heights of 3 to 4 feet (1 m.) with a spread of 6 to 10 feet (1-3 m.). Showy jasmine plants are suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 8 through 11. This versatile plant is easy to propagate by planting cuttings from a healthy, mature plant.
Showy jasmine is adaptable to a variety of conditions, but it performs best in full sunlight and well-drained, acidic soil. Allow 36 to 48 inches (90-120 cm.) between plants.
Showy Jasmine Care
Water showy jasmine plants regularly during the first growing season. Once the plant is established, showy jasmine is drought-tolerant and requires supplemental water only occasionally, especially during hot, dry weather.
Feed showy jasmine before new growth appears in spring, using any general purpose fertilizer.
Prune showy jasmine plants after flowering ends in summer.