Topic of the Month.
Winter Jasmine is one of the collection of shrubs that flowers to winter’s end along with its younger stems
which keep to a fresh green colour. The solitary flowers of yellow or white appear on its bare stems, each flower has 5 or 6 petals, are about 6cms across usually with no scent, the leaves are small and sparse. The shrub was discovered in 1845 growing near
Shanghai by plant hunter Robert Fortune when searching for other plants on behalf of the Horticultural Society. It was first cultivated as a greenhouse plant but has developed into a popular climbing plant, is easy to grow and most are hardy. The Winter Jasmine
is not fussy and will grow in sun or shade, dry or damp soils. If left to its own devices it will ramble through other shrubs and over walls or fences so a hard prune and tying in after flowering will prepare it for the next year. An ideal shrub to brighten
up a gloomy corner during March