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Although there are over 200 different species of jasmine only two are seen frequently in gardens. J. officinale, which flowers in the summer and J. nudiflorum that flowers in the depths of winter. The latter is yellow-flowered and is useful for brightening up the duller months of the year. Unfortunately it is not scented. The summer jasmine is white and is very heavily scented. It is the perfect plant to be sited near where you sit in the evening or near windows that are open in the evening. There a number of other jasmines, many of them also heavily perfumed but these tend to be a bit more tender and more suitable for growing in a conservatory or greenhouse unless you have a protected position outside. They also tend to be either yellow or white although there are some species which are pink. Most of the white species also tend to be pink in bud, such as J. polyanthum, which is one of the best. Although both the summer and winter jasmine are shrubs they can be grown against walls or fences and trained as climbers. Although both are hardy and can be grown away from walls the extra warmth that these offer helps them flower better. Increase from cuttings.


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