It's that plant we love to hate, except this one was too pretty to pass up so I'm joining Loree at Danger Garden to feature Trachelospermum asiaticum 'HOSNS' as my favorite plant....this week.
This week I stopped by Shades of Green nursery in San Antonio where my friend Pat recommended I take a look at newly arrived Asiatic Jasmine Snow-N-Summer (Trachelospermum asiaticum 'HOSNS'). At first I hesitated--Asiatic Jasmine? I took a look anyway and bought it even though I have no idea where it will go yet.
Here's my latest impulse purchase fresh out of the car and already brightening up the view from the kitchen. According to my research, Asiatic Jasmine does well in pots--not something I would have thought of before acquiring this one.
If you've searched "flowering vines for shade" you likely found a very short list of options. With its bract-like tips Asiatic Jasmine Snow-N-Summer looks like a great way to get color into your shade garden. The new growth starts out bright pink, fades to speckled green, and eventually turns the emerald green typical of Asiatic Jasmine. It's a good idea to shear the tips occasionally to encourage colorful new growth.
Developed by the Garden Debut division of Greenleaf Growers, Asiatic Jasmine Snow-N-Summer has been available since 2010 but I had not seen it until now. The flowers are considered insignificant on this plant. With foliage like this I don't think I'd miss the flowers anyway.
This is the third Asiatic Jasmine plant I've added and not one of them is the basic green variety which can get out of control in our climate. So 'Snow-N-Summer' joins 'Salsa' and 'Angyo Bronze' as part of a growing collection in the shade garden. They do well in bright shade which I have in abundance but so far none of my Asiatic Jasmine have become invasive. In fact, I often wonder if they will ever fill in since they have been slow to establish after nearly four years in the front garden. Asiatic Jasmine plants are drought tolerant and absolutely deer proof in my yard.
According to the info it is hardy to Zone 6 and will grow to 8" tall by about 36" wide so it promises to be well-behaved in the garden and play nicely among my oak trees.
Loree's favorite plant this week is a fun Cassia I've been looking for so check out that plant and more at Danger Garden.