STAR JASMINE ( TRACHELOSPERMUM JASMINOIDES)
Although commonly called star jasmine, this remarkable evergreen climber with shiny dark green leaves is not a real jasmine. It’s drought tolerant and disease resistant. Prune it hard and it will bounce back. New hybrids include plants with variegated leaves tinged with yellow, white or pink.
Flowering time: Late spring. The first flush lasts almost until the end of summer. It flowers again in autumn.
Position: Full sun and partial shade. Plants also grow in full shade, but won’t flower as prolifically. Train up a large trellis against a wall, over an archway or pergola.
Plant: Plant any time of the year. Prepare the soil with compost for good drainage and feed in winter with organic pellets.
Size: Branches can grow up to 3–5m long or more if left unpruned. The leaves and flowers are heavy and must be well supported to prevent tearing. For a neat effect, prune flat against a wall in midsummer after flowering.
Water needs: Water once or twice a week.
Frost tolerance: It can take some frost. Top leaves might burn in severe frost, but the plant will produce new shoots.