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Jess is in the Garden has reviewed 6 plants

Clematis 'Alba Luxurians' Viticella Group clematis

Posted: 04 July 2014
Overall: Having had many clematis varieties, I can honestly say this is my favourite. I give it the Valentine's Day massacre (prune it hard back to the first set of good buds) on February 14th, and from that it then grows to a whopping 3m plus, every year, flowering absolutely all over, for a long time.
The flowers are almost pale blue and light up a large fence in my garden.
Just beautiful.
Hardly gets ill at all - I spray it regularly with SB Invigorator Spray all Spring, to keep it disease-free, but it seems much tougher than my other viticella. Nelly Moser.

Jasminum x stephanense Jasmine

Posted: 09 May 2014
Overall: Mine is on a warm trellis, getting east sun from sunrise onwards, then some west sun for a few hours. It is growing very well, but even though it's 3 years old, it has never produced a single flower. It's in open soil which is free draining and moist, in a large raised flower. Protected from strong winds. Why won't it flower? Is it still too young perhaps?

Choisya ternata 'Sundance' Mexican orange blossom

Posted: 19 March 2014
Overall: My Choisiya Sundance seems very lush and happy. It is 3 years old and about 1m in height. It is in a raised bed, well-drained soil, west-facing with lots of sun over Spring and Summer. But it has never flowered! has anybody else noticed theirs not flowering whilst still youngish? I have pruned it very lightly the first year to encourage something, then left it alone the last 2 years. No difference. Many thanks.

Sarcococca confusa Christmas box

Posted: 10 February 2014
Overall: Very tough plant.
The flowers, even if you have only a handful, literally flood the surrounding area with a scent so delicious and rich that you'll be amazed at the intensity.
Blue black berries follow.
Beautiful near a doorway or window, so that when you pass by in Winter, you can appreciate the perfume.
Mine is in full shade - don't know how well this does in part shade/sun - anyone have any experiences as to whether it flowers more/less or has more/less berries?

Verbena bonariensis Verbena

Posted: 28 September 2012
Overall: Amazing plant - grew from a 30cm potted specimen to over 6ft in one season!
Great for filling in at the back of a border or raised bed, to give instant height - also nice that the flowers float on top of tall stems, letting lots of light through to the back.
I have mine in a mixed, raised bed, near a purple acer palmatum, with a white shrub rose growing alongside it and some pale pink anemones growing through the actual verbena - looks beautiful, if I do say so myself :-)