These old favorites are among the most versatile and useful of plants, serving as ground covers, trailers, or climbers. They bear delightfully fragrant, pinwheel-shaped blossoms in spring and early summer. Plant in well-drained soil; for lush growth, fertilize once before spring growth begins, again after flowering. Prune back as needed to shape. Cut stems exude a milky sap.
T. asiaticum. ASIAN STAR JASMINE. From Japan, Korea. Excellent, tough, fast-growing ground cover. Hardier than T. jasminoides, with smaller, darker, duller green leaves; flowers are also smaller, in creamy yellow or yellowish white. Several selections are grown for their attractive foliage. 'Ogon-nishiki' is dramatic, with orange and red new growth that ages to deep green splashed with gold. 'Snow N Summer' and 'Tricolor' have leaves that emerge pink, then age to white, then to deep green with white splashes. 'Summer Sunset' has new leaves of orange and red that slowly turn creamy white with a wide irregular edge of green.
T. jasminoides. CONFEDERATE JASMINE, STAR JASMINE. From China. Given support, a twining vine to 2030 ft.; without support and with some tip-pinching, a spreading shrub or ground cover to 1122 ft. tall, 45 ft. wide. Oval leaves to 3 in. long are glossy, light green when new, mature to lustrous dark green. Profusion of white, inch-wide flowers in small clusters on short side branches. Attractive to bees. If grown as a shrubby plant, it is good in raised beds or entry gardens, for edging a walk or drive, as extension of lawn, spilling over walls, as ground cover under trees and shrubs. Set plants 5 ft. apart for ground cover. As a vine, good for training on a wall, pergola, trellis, or over a doorway. 'Madison' is a bit more compact, with a longer bloom period, sweeter scent, and improved cold hardiness. Leaves of 'Variegatum' are bordered and blotched in white.