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August 2nd, 2023

Southern Showstopper

by R.S. Walsh

Confederate Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is an intoxicatingly fragrant vine that causes me to take deep breathes to draw in the scent I associate with the heat of summer and lazy days on the porch. It is a quintessentially southern vine that grows rampant across any structure or surface you will allow it on. With its winding tendrils it will quickly wind through a fence or trellis to create a living green wall. I’ve used this vine to ‘hide’ fences and pool equipment and to accent arbors leading into my garden and I will wander out of my way to smell the wonderful, rich fragrance of this plant.

Confederate jasmine produces clusters of small white, waxy blooms that look like little pinwheels, while the scent they provide is a rich, sweet perfume that can scent an entire garden. The leaves are a lovely dark, glossy green that keeps it looking great all year long. Careful placement of this hardy vine is essential as it does grow quickly. On the other hand, it’s very easy to keep this vine trimmed to the shape you prefer.

Enjoy this evergreen vine with the lovely scent. It takes little watering when established and prefers full sun to promote its generous blooms.

This column is a joint effort by all at In The Garden, Sanibel’s local garden center located at 3889 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel Island, Florida.

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