Chinese Star Jasmine Overview
Trachelospermum jasminoides has lots of common names, including Star Jasmine, Chinese Star Jasmine and Chinese Ivy. It likes a sheltered position in full sun or part shade and well-drained fertile soil. It is a vigorous, versatile, evergreen climber whose long-lasting fragrant clusters of white star-shaped flowers turn to cream as they age. It blooms throughout the summer months, attracting bees and other pollinators. Trachelospermum jasminoides makes an excellent cover for walls and fences, its foliage being evergreen, glossy and dark green - often turning an attractive deep red colour in autumn. For the more adventurous gardener, it can be clipped into many shapes! It can also be grown in a conservatory (but with some shade from the midday sun). Landscapers like to use this species as a ground cover because it rapidly fills large tracts of land in both the hottest sun and under the cool shade of deciduous trees. The highly scented, white flowers are used in the perfume industry and incense. An increasingly popular plant, Star Jasmine has earned an 'RHS Award of Garden Merit. This plant can become very invasive in warmer locations - an alternative ground cover plant may be preferred.