Jasminum officinale

Common jasmine

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (17966)

Plant details

Jasmine is a popular climber grown for the masses of highly scented white flowers which continue from mid summer into early autumn. The plants are strong twiners, best grown over a shed, porch, arbour or other outbuilding, or a large old tree stump. A certain amount of cutting back will be needed in spring to keep the plant looking trim and tidy but don't do more than is needed. The plants are rather too big to accommodate on a small trellis on the wall of a house. Jasmine associates nicely with climbing roses, honeysuckle or clematis, but it looks superb grown on its own. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Oleaceae

Genus: Jasminum

Species: officinale

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1100cm

Spread: 300cm

Reader reviews


The recommendation for this plant is full sun but we grew up with it in a shady corner of our garden and it flourished with a gorgeous heady smell especially in the evenings. I would highly recommend it!


Planted next to my bedroom window, when it flowers my room is filled with the scent. Simply beautifull !
Doesnt seem to grow very quickly though. Would like some advice re pruning,fertilser etc.


I have the common Jasmine, can anyone suggest another to compliment it. The more scent the better.


Mine grows against the wall on trellis, over a door. I didn't know it was so vigorous when I first planted it! I have to prune it very hard, back to the trellis, every year in November otherwise snow brings the whole thing down. I've done this for twenty years and it still rewards me with heavy growth each year and summer scent.

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