Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Scents of the garden

The Star Jasmine is an evergreen vine that can easily climb 40 feet high, covering fences, trees and just about anything.  So choose your location carefully!  I have heard it can be used as a ground cover also, but mine likes to climb and is always reaching up.  It is very hardy and can survive the drought conditions we often see in the summer months.  It really is a lovely plant in the right location.

It has nice dark green pointed leaves which form a great backdrop for the clusters of small white flowers that appear on the end of each branch.  The small buds appear twisted, and the open flowers resemble pinwheels with yellow centers.

I always know when the flowers are in bloom because they fill the air with the sent of Root Beer.

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