Primrose jasmine a sure sign of spring

primrose jasmine

There are certain signs that spring really is around the corner. It may not look like winter is even close to giving up, but there are those teasing glimpses of cheerful color that make us know that warmer temperatures are on the way.

One of the classic plants to look for as a sign of springtime is the primrose jasmine. This shrub or climber can grow 4-8 or more feet in height. And the bright yellow blooms can brighten up the dreariest winter scene.

Jasminium is native to Europe, Asia and Africa. “Jasmine” is a Persian word for “gift from God.” Flowers from one variety of jasmine (Jasminium sambac) are used to make jasmine tea. And some varieties are very fragrant.

Lots of homeowners just let their primrose jasmine grow freely, but they can be trimmed and trained. Left to their own devices, these lovely bloomers will grow into a fountain-like shape. It is fun to train them up into a high-rise/sheer-descent shape. It can be easily done with wire and poles. This look with the stem raised up high and the branches weeping far down to the ground can be pretty dramatic. You can also train jasmine to grow up onto a fence or to create a dense sound block for a side of your yard that backs up to a busy street or noisy neighbor.

Look forward to sunny yellow or white flowers, depending on the species. They are tolerant of poor soil and limited water but will reward you with more blooms if you give them just a little of their favorites: They like fertile, well-drained soil the best, and will grow the best in full sun or partial shade. Feed with a low-nitrogen fertilizer once a month during their growing season for tons of blooms. Trim crowded growth after they flower.

One of the greatest things about primrose jasmine is how easily you can propagate them. Just clip off a few cuttings from the plant. Dip them into a rooting hormone and plant into fertile soil. Water regularly. Rooting hormone is available almost everywhere. Look for it in a small plastic container about the size of a Vicks jar. It won’t cost much more than $3 and you can use it for years to root plant clippings from your yard and your neighbor’s.

For your calendar

Call Peggy Coleman (409-935-8461) at Texas Agri-Life Extension Service if you are interested in either of their two upcoming classes. Landscape Design and Rainwater Harvesting Seminar is Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m. – noon at the Beaumont Botanical Garden Center. The fee is $10. Landscape design specialist Toni Clark, Tony Lucenti and rainwater harvesting specialist Jerry White will be leading the workshop. Look for more on this seminar next week in Garden Gate.

The Agri-Life folks are also offering a series titled The New Landowner Series. The series cost is $50 and begins March 5 for weekly meetings from 5:30-8 p.m. Topics to be covered include forage, weed and brush management, livestock management, horticulture-crop production (fruit trees, vegetables, etc.), financing the farm and pond management.

 

Joette is an avid gardener and prides  herself on staying up-to-date on the latest gardening activities and tips. To share your gardening news with Joette, call (409) 832-1400. Her e-mail is joreger [at] msn [dot] com.

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