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Win­ter jas­mine (Jas­minum nud­i­flo­rum)

This eye-catch­ing shrub, with its vi­brant yel­low flow­ers which bloom be­tween Novem­ber and March, is also as tough as they come. It will put up with ter­ri­ble soil and shade, you can grow it on a north-fac­ing wall, train­ing it un­til it reaches its limit of 2.5m x 2.5m (8ft x 8ft) and it won’t mind a bit of ne­glect so is ideal for gar­den­ers with lit­tle time. It is noth­ing to write home about in the warmer months, so it’s wise to let it grow through ev­er­green shrubs or sup­port it with trel­lis and team it with ivies.

While it will with­stand the worst of the el­e­ments, it doesn’t like early morn­ing sun, which, on frosty morn­ings, can end up burn­ing the petals, so avoid east-fac­ing sites.

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