The name “jasmine” conjures up an image of a lush vine with starry white flowers and a luxurious fragrance in the afternoon sun. But not all jasmine flowers are white, not are all scented and not all need full sun to thrive. The flowers of true jasmine (Jasmine spp.) are white, yellow or pink trumpets — some scented, some unscented — that grow in sun or partial shade. And the fragrant flowers of star jasmine (Trachelospermum spp.) do fine in full shade. Both types of jasmine grow well in a Mediterranean climate.
Select jasmine cultivars that grow in the kind of shade in your garden. Both madison jasmine (Trachelospermum Jasminoides “Madison”) and Asiatic jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) accept full shade and many cultivars grow in partial shade.
Plant the jasmine in well-draining soil. Work a 2-inch layer of organic compost into your soil before planting. Water immediately after planting, then again whenever the soil is dry to a depth of 3 inches. Jasmine do not tolerate drought and need additional water during dry spells.
Install a support for your jasmine to climb, such as a trellis or arbor, near the jasmine plants. If you plant the jasmine close to a wall or tree, run cords, a pole or a wire structure from the planting location. Tie the stalks loosely to the support structure with twine until the vine is established.
Fertilize jasmine every month during the growing season. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer for easy application. Prune off dead wood whenever you become aware of it.
When selecting a jasmine plant, remember that more than 200 types of jasmine exist with many different characteristics. Some jasmine species are evergreen, some deciduous; most are summer-bloomers but some flower in winter. Some present as shrubs but many are climbing vines and others are short, spreading vines great for ground cover. Select the one that fits your needs and landscape requirements.
Your jasmine cultivar will produce fewer flowers if planted in the shade, so do not compare your bush to your neighbor’s in full sun. On the other hand, shade-planted jasmine will require less water.
Monrovia: Madison Jasmine (Trachelospermum Jasminoides “Madison”)
Monrovia: Snow N Summer Asiatic Jasmine
Fine Gardening: Asiatic Jasmine
Portland Nursery: Jasmine
Fine Gardening: Genus Jasminum
University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program: Pests in Gardens and Landscapes:Jasmine, Star Jasmine — Jasminum spp.
Clemson Cooperative Extension: Jasmine