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●● WIN­TER flow­er­ing jas­mine (Jas­minum nud­i­flo­rum)

This easy-to-grow, re­li­able shrub gives a burst of good cheer in mid-win­ter, thanks to its bright yel­low tubu­lar flow­ers which ap­pear on bare stems.

Grow­ing to 3m (10ft) in height and spread, it can be trained against a wall or fence, or just left to make an in­for­mal clump.

Don’t ne­glect it for too long or it will be­come a tan­gled mass that you’ll have to cut down to the ground in spring.

Keep it in check by cut­ting out most of the stems that have borne flow­ers when flow­er­ing fin­ishes in April.

Win­ter jas­mine prefers a sunny site in hu­mus-rich, welldrained soil.

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