Plant hardiness is determined by cold tolerance, which is how well a plant will survive frost conditions and cooler temperatures. Hardy jasmine plants survive the cold conditions of winter, which allows them to stay in the garden year-round rather than be transported indoors. Some types of hardy jasmine plants may even bloom and thrive during the cold winter season.
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Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is also known as hardy jasmine because it survives well in the winter and has high tolerance to cold. Winter jasmine is a shrub that flowers in winter and spring. The foliage is dark green and the flowers bright yellow in colour. Unlike other types of jasmine plants, winter jasmine flowers do not have the traditional jasmine scent.
Plant winter jasmine in rich, well-draining soil. The plant should be placed in full sun to partial shade. Winter jasmine reaches 6 to 10 feet in height, with a spread of the same size.
Common White Jasmine
Common white jasmine (Jasminum officinale) grows up to 10 to 15 feet in height as a vining shrub that may be trained against a wall or trellis. Common white jasmine may be grown as a shrub, but frequent pruning is necessary to keep the plant down to size. The white flowers on the plant reach up to 1 inch in diameter, blooming during summer and early fall.
Plant common white jasmine in an area where it will receive partial to full sunlight, with at least 4 hours of full sun a day. Give the plant well-drained, rich soil to keep it healthy. Common white jasmine, also known as poet's jasmine, is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 9 to 11 and resistant to winter frost.
Chinese Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) is a climbing, vining plant that flowers with pink blossoms in the spring and summer. Grow Chinese jasmine in partial to full sunlight. The flowers are small, growing only 2 centimetres in diameter, but strongly scented. Chinese jasmine is a very hardy plant, surviving temperatures as low as -6.67 degrees C. Chinese jasmine grows as tall as 13 feet, so keep the plant pruned to maintain its shape.
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