Want sunny blooms in the winter? Plant winter jasmine. No more waiting for spring.

Newbie gardeners, listen up! Here's a wonderful plant that blooms insanely in winter, grows easily, and (for some strange reason) none of your neighbors has. What a great chance to show them all just who on the street has some class.

Native to China, winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is a vining, deciduous shrub that grows 3 to 4 feet high and twice as wide. It will climb a trellis, but it looks best cascading over the top of a retaining wall or tumbling down a bank or hillside. Its arching, willowy stems root wherever they touch the ground and form a thick brow of leaves and stems.

Hundreds of waxy, bright-yellow flowers open all along the stems in the dead of winter. While not as gaudy as those of forsythia (a shrub with which it's often confused), its blossoms appear over a much longer period. Another advantage this shrub enjoys over its rival—its stems stay green year-round, bringing even more color to the winter garden.

Winter jasmine grows fast, so you won't have to wait long to show up your neighbors. Start with plants in 1-gallon, 2-gallon, or 3-gallon pots from your garden center. Space them 3 feet apart. Plant so the tops of the root-balls are even with the soil. In winter, they'll remind you how very sophisticated you've become.

Learn more about winter jasmine from The Grumpy Gardener, Steve Bender.