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One of many cottages named
"Jasmine Cottage" in England.
This idyllic one is in Hutton
In the traditional cottage garden, the walls of the cottage were often covered with climbing and cascading plants, and the summer-flowering jasmine, Jasminum officinale was always a favorite. Jasmine is still an important plant in romantic gardening design. It ticks all the boxes – great scent and lovely flowering attributes.
Jasminum is a genus of 300 species of evergreen and deciduous climbers and shrubs, easily trained to climb walls, arbors and fences. Most are quite hardy and beautifully scented.
Yellow Jasmine© Copyright Derek Harper and licensed for reuse
in Torquay Memorial Gardens, England
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There are numerous hybrids that are more refined than the common white jasmine, such as the primrose jasmine which is a shrub and will only grow to about 5'. The winter-flowering jasmine is also a shrub, growing to 10' tall, and the shrub, Himalayan jasmine, will grow to about 8' tall. Also worth considering is J. polyanthum, which will grow to 10' tall. It is a half-hardy and semi-evergreen climbing species that will do well from garden zone 7 and higher.
Jasmine will grow in ordinary garden soil, but it prefers warm sheltered positions. If it is to be grown to climb up a wall, the main stems will need to be tied in and secured. It can become quite thick, because as the branches grow, they form a layering affect one on top of the other.
|Jasmine on Hazelbury House,|
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As a night-scented plant, the cottage gardeners of the past planted jasmine on the walls outside their bedroom window and the scent from the plants would waft into the rooms. It's a lovely cottage garden climbing plant with a long tradition in this environment.