Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
According to the calendar we are at the official start of the spring season and one of my favorite plants is waking up today on Southern Gardening.
One of the most reliable early harbingers of spring is the native yellow jasmine. Driving along the roads and highways in Mississippi yellow jasmine can be seen showing off its bright yellow blooms seemingly growing up and over almost anything that will support the vine-like growth habit.
Many homeowners ask about what is a good ground cover plant that is also low maintenance. The response I usually get “I don’t want that plant taking over my yard!” Here’s the thing, when grown in a shady location yellow jasmine will become the unruly scrambling plant we see at the edge of the woods. Grown in full sun; yellow jasmine becomes a well behaved plant that is perfect for a ground cover.
The bright, clear yellow flowers are displayed in clusters and it’s easily seen where the common name comes. The flowers are funnel shaped and can be be more than one inch in length and diameter. The evergreen foliage is narrow and oblong shaped and a dark glossy green. The leaves are paired opposite each other on the brownish sienna stems. As well as being a good selection for full sun ground covers yellow jasmine has no problems growing in containers. What a good spiller this would make in a combination container.
Yellow jasmine is quite drought tolerant, but will drop some of the leaves while waiting for much needed rain. For the best growth throughout the year be sure to maintain a consistent supply of water, this is especially important if growing in containers. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman for Southern Gardening.