Poet's jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

How to grow jasmine

Grow deliciously scented jasmines with help from this detailed Grow Guide.

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

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Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

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Plant does not flower in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

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Do not Prune in August

Do Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Jasmines are evergreen or deciduous climbers with twining stems. They can be summer or winter flowering with flowers that are white, yellow and occasionally red and pink.

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All varieties have small star-shaped flowers with a sweet and distinctive fragrance. Some jasmines are tender and only suitable for growing in a conservatory or greenhouse, but the hardier varieties are good for greening up a wall or fence, with wires to support them. Plant jasmine somewhere sunny, warm and sheltered, preferably near a seating area to enjoy the scent of the flowers.

Take a look at our handy jasmine Grow Guide, below.


Where to grow jasmine

For best results, grow jasmine near a wall or fence in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny, site. Many varieties will tolerate shade, but they thrive in full sun.


Planting jasmine

Jasmine growing up a support post
Jasmine growing up a support post

Make sure you provide an angled cane to support the early twining growth of the jasmine and wires or a trellis for later growth. Dig a generous hole, adding some well-rotted garden compost.

Watch Monty Don’s video guide to repotting a jasmine plant:


Propagating jasmine

Jasmine can be propagated by layering or from cuttings. Outdoor varieties are best propagated from hardwood cuttings taken in winter, but tender and glasshouse varieties do best from softwood or semi-ripe cuttings taken in spring or summer.


Jasmine: problem-solving

Jasmine is easy to grow with no serious pest and disease problems. Indoor grown plants may be prone to greenhouse pests like mealybug and red spider mite, and look out for aphids on outdoor plants.

Quick Tips video: Why won’t my jasmine flower?


Caring for jasmine

Prune summer-flowering jasmine after all the blooms have faded, in late summer or early autumn by taking out the oldest and weakest shoots. This will allow the new growth time to mature and flower early next season.

Winter jasmine is best pruned immediately after flowering in spring. Flowers develop on the previous year’s growth.

Both types of jasmine can be pruned back hard if they have outgrown their original planting spot. Look out for vigorous new growth to train into your desired shape and space. Plants will take a few years to start flowering again.


Jasmine varieties to grow

Jasmine 'Sunbeam'
Jasmine ‘Sunbeam’
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  • ‘Argenteovariegatum’ – with long, twining stems of variegated leaves in green, pink and cream, and white summer flowers. A fast grower, it’s ideal for covering a large south or west-facing wall
  • ‘Sunbeam’ – a new variety with golden leaves, that are at their brightest in full sun. The fragrant white flowers appear from June to August. ‘Sunbeam’ grows quickly, and is ideal for covering a large south or west-facing wall
  • Jasminum angulare – an evergreen climber with white flowers appearing between July and November. A South African native, it’s half-hardy, and needs overwintering indoors in frost-prone areas
  • Jasminum x stephanense – with pale pink flowers in June and July, this is a vigorous, deciduous climber. It will cope with partial shade as long as the soil is well-drained
  • Jasminum beesianum – a vigorous, semi-evergreen climber, with red-pink flowers in summer. It’s frost hardy, but may suffer in harsh winters. Choose a sheltered to enjoy the fragrance. Remove old and overcrowded shoots after flowering