Jasminum officinale

The ‘casement jessamine’ of Tennyson’s Maud is a delicious plant to grow on a trellis near the house, for its heavy scent will waft about indoors as well as outside. A semi-evergreen twining climber from Persia, it is a plant of great elegance, grown in England since Tudor times, with small pinnate leaves and abundant clusters of little white flowers which are tinged with pink in the bud. It flowers continuously from mid-summer into au-tumn. This jasmine is hardy, but does best in a protected position in either sun or light shade, and is ideal for a balcony. It likes a well-drained soil and needs no pruning except a spring clipping of any shoots damaged by winter frost, or a trimming to size if it grows too large.

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